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FAA Finds 'em, Fines 'em

Hazmat Shipments Taken Seriously

$220,000, Expert-Med

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $220,000 civil penalty against Expert-Med, Inc. of Ormond Beach, FL, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on September 18, 2001, Expert-Med improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 24, 50-milileter bottles of Etoposide Injection, which is a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Orlando, FL, discovered the shipment leaking.

$84,000, Honeywell, Inc.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess an $84,000 civil penalty against Honeywell, Inc. of  Phoenix, AZ, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on March 25, 2001, Honeywell improperly offered a fiberboard box containing one fuel control unit holding aviation fuel, a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

$70,000, Aveda Esthetique

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Aveda Esthetique of McLean, VA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on November 26, 2000, Aveda Esthetique improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 11, 5.5-ounce bottles of Aveda Exfoliant and 17, 1.7-ounce containers of Aveda Witch Hazel Hair Spray, both flammable liquids, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

$70,000, Matarah Industries

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Matarah Industries, Inc. of Milwaukee, WI, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on November 27, 2000, Matarah Industries improperly offered a fiberboard box containing a  one-gallon container of SPI personal insect repellent, a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

$60,000, Dreamworks SKG

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against Dreamworks SKG of Glendale, CA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on April 25, 2002, Dreamworks improperly offered a fiberboard box containing three butane lighters, which contain flammable gas, to Federal Express (FedEx) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Memphis, TN discovered the shipment leaking.

$59,500, SimplexGrinnell LP

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against TEPG US of Westminster, MA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on March 19, 2001, TEPG US, formerly known as TEPG Simplex, a unit of  SimplexGrinnell LP, improperly offered a fiberboard box containing four rechargeable lead acid batteries, which are corrosive, to Federal Express (FedEx) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Lexington, SC discovered the shipment leaking.

$59,500, Clarus Technologies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against Clarus Technologies, Inc. of Bellingham, WA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on November 19, 2001, Clarus Technologies improperly offered a fiberboard box containing two one-gallon metal containers of diesel fuel, a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

$59,500, Alden Rowing Shells, LLC

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against Alden Rowing Shells LLC of Eliot, ME, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on March 27, 2001, Alden Rowing improperly offered a fiberboard box containing two, six-ounce metal containers of clear resin solution, a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

$53,550, Coty US

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $53,550 civil penalty against Coty US LLC of New York, NY, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on December 19, 2000, Coty improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 27 two-ounce glass bottles of perfume, a flammable liquid, to Federal Express (FedEx) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Atlanta, GA, discovered the shipment leaking.

$51,000, Tristar Corporation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $51,000 civil penalty against Tristar Corporation of San Antonio, TX, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on December 18, 2000, Tristar improperly offered a fiberboard box containing four spray bottles and four aerosol cans of perfumery products, all flammable liquids, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment.

$51,000, Nova Chemicals

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $51,000 civil penalty against Nova Chemicals, Inc. of Monaca, PA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on February 22, 2002, Nova Chemicals improperly offered a fiberboard box containing a five-pound bag of polymeric beads, a hazardous material, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

$51,000, Dura Coat Products

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $51,000 civil penalty against Dura Coat Products, Inc. of Riverside, CA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on January 16, 2001, Dura Coat improperly offered a fiberboard box containing a 16-ounce metal container of “Antierra U” and a 32-ounce metal container of “Resimene 797,” both flammable liquids to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

Note:

The FAA says these companies offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. The FAA also says these companies failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

These companies have 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in
accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

FMI: www.faa.gov

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