For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW99010001
January 7, 1999
Contact: Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed assessing $60,000 in civil penalties against Premdor, Inc., a Canadian company operating in Greenville, Texas, for violating regulations regarding the shipment of hazardous materials aboard aircraft.

In a letter to the company, the FAA alleged that representatives of Premdor's Greenville location knowingly offered Federal Express, an air carrier, an improperly packaged, labeled and documented shipment containing a one-gallon metal can of White Pigmented KILZ Sealer Primer-Stain Blocker, a flammable liquid. The FAA also alleged that Premdor failed to train its employees to package and handle hazardous materials.

The shipment content was discovered spilled inside its shipping packaging and leaking from that packaging at the Federal Express sort facility at Alliance Fort Worth Airport, Texas. The container was to be shipped by air to Paris, Texas.

The company has 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.