For Immediate Release

September 12, 2014
Contact: See Contacts Below
Phone: See Phone Numbers Below


WASINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $65,000 against three companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

In each case, the FAA alleges the shipped packages were not declared to contain hazardous materials and the materials offered were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled and in proper condition for shipment under the Hazardous Materials Regulations. In the Allied Technology and Linvin, LLC cases, the FAA also alleges the companies did not provide emergency response information with the packages and did not ensure their employees received required hazardous materials training.

The cases are as follows:

  • $65,000 against FedEx Corp. of Memphis, Tenn. The FAA alleges that on Jan. 10, 2014, a FedEx employee in Austin, Texas improperly accepted a cardboard box containing two one-gallon cans of Tuffy Fast Dry F.F. Blue Paint for shipment by air aboard a FedEx aircraft. The shipment was destined for Fort Smith, Ark. One of the cans leaked during transit.

    According to Department of Transportation regulations, paint is considered to be a hazardous material. The FAA alleges the FedEx employee who accepted the shipment failed to inspect the package as required by regulations.

    FedEx is scheduled to meet with the FAA in late October to discuss the case.

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

  • $57,600 against Linvin, LLC, of Austin, Texas. The FAA alleges that on April 5, 2014, a Linvin employee offered an undeclared shipment containing a one-quart container of denatured alcohol and a 15.5-ounce aerosol can of dust-removing spray in checked baggage to American Airlines for transport from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Texas.

    Under Department of Transportation regulations, denatured alcohol is considered to be a flammable liquid and dust-removing spray is considered to be a flammable aerosol. The Transportation Security Administration discovered the hazardous material.

    Linvin has requested to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.

    Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
    Phone: (847) 294-7849
    Email: elizabeth.cory@faa.gov

  • $54,000 against Allied Technology Group of Rockville, Md.The FAA alleges that on Jan. 21, 2014, Allied Technology offered a fiberboard box containing a 14.5-ounce can of electrical coating to Southwest Airlines for shipment from Amarillo, Texas, to Las Vegas, Nev.

    According to Department of Transportation regulations, electrical coating is considered to be a flammable liquid. The shipment was discovered during baggage sorting operations at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

    Allied Technology has requested to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.

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

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