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Press Release – FAA Proposes $192,500 Penalty Against Valvoline for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

April 20, 2000
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $192,500 civil penalty against Valvoline, Inc., of Lexington, Ky., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Valvoline improperly offered a fiberboard box containing four, one-gallon plastic containers of tire dressing, a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility discovered the contents of the shipment had leaked.

Valvoline offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Valvoline also 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.

Valvoline 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.


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