For Immediate Release

July 31, 2014


The U.S Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing civil penalties ranging from $63,000 to $91,000 against three companies for violating Hazardous Materials Regulations, and resolved a case against another company for $54,000.

In each case, the FAA alleges the companies did not declare the hazardous materials, and the shipments were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled and in proper condition for shipment. Additionally, the FAA alleges the companies did not ensure their employees had received the required training for shipping hazardous materials, and did not provide emergency response information with the packages.

The cases include the following:

  • $91,000 against Kuehne & Nagel, Inc., of Jersey City, NJ. The FAA alleges on April 19, 2013, Kuehne & Nagel offered a cardboard box containing one 3.78 liter can of Carboline Part A paint and one can containing a liter of Carboline Urethane Converter paint to FedEx for shipment by air from Pharr, Texas, to Broussard, La.

    Under Hazardous Materials Regulations, paint is considered a hazardous material. The contents of the shipment were discovered after one of the cans leaked in transit.

    Kuehne & Nagel has requested to meet with the FAA to discuss the matter.

    Contact: Lynn Lunsford
    Phone: (817) 222-4455
    Email: lynn.lunsford@faa.gov

  • $78,000 against Pantropic Power, Inc., of Miami, Fla. The FAA alleges Pantropic Power on Dec. 9, 2013 shipped 11 12-ounce cans of aerosol paint on a FedEx aircraft from Miami to Puerto Rico. Workers at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan discovered the package emitting an odor, and found a can had burst and leaked through its packaging. Aerosols are considered to be hazardous flammable gas.

    Pantropic Power is scheduled to meet with the FAA in late August to discuss the case.

    Contact: Kathleen Bergen
    Phone: 404-305-5101
    Email: kathleen.bergen@faa.gov

  • $63,000 against Superior International Industries of Carrollton, Ga. The FAA alleges on Jan. 8, 2013, Superior International, doing business as Litchfield Industries, offered an unmarked box containing two, 12-ounce cans of Cardinal Acrylic Aerosol Enamel spray paint to FedEx for shipment by air from Carrollton to Anacoco, La. Under Hazardous Materials Regulations, spray paint is considered a flammable aerosol. The contents of the shipment were discovered after one of the cans leaked yellow paint in transit.

    Superior Industries has requested to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.

    Contact: Lynn Lunsford
    Phone: (817) 222-4455
    Email: lynn.lunsford@faa.gov

  • $54,000 against Central Garden and Pet, Inc., of Walnut Creek, Calif. The FAA alleged Central Garden on Aug. 30, 2013 shipped four bottles of herbicides ranging in size from 16 to 32 ounces, and two 1-pound bags of pesticide, on a UPS aircraft from Walnut Creek to Coraopolis, Penn. The herbicides are hazardous flammable liquids and the pesticide is a poisonous material.  Workers at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky. discovered the shipment.

    Central Garden paid the full civil penalty and the case is closed.

    Contact: Kathleen Bergen
    Phone: 404-305-5101
    Email: kathleen.bergen@faa.gov

 

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