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For Immediate Release

March 21, 2000
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
Phone: 847-294-7849

CHICAGO, IL, March 21, 2000 The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against SummerSet Products, Inc., Rosemount, MN, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The action stems from an incident that occurred on or about May 3, 1999. SummerSet offered the shipment to Federal Express for transportation by air and Federal Express transported the shipment by ground to its sort facility at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minneapolis.

Sort facility employees examined the shipment because one of the packages had failed and exhibited stains. When they opened the first box, they found two (2) 2.5-gal plastic cans of organic herbicide concentrate. The other box contained two (2) 2.5-gal plastic cans of ready-to-use herbicide. Further investigation showed a small amount of liquid from one of the cans in the second box had leaked through the second fiberboard container.

Both products are packing group III flammable liquids.

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

SummerSet Products, Inc. will have 30 days from its receipt of the FAA’s Civil Penalty Letter to respond to the allegations.

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.


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