For Immediate Release

April 21, 2000
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $52,500 civil penalty against The Kinetics Group of U.S. Filter, Inc., of Santa Clara, Calif., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Kinetics improperly offered a fiberboard box containing six dry chemical fire extinguishers and two, two-gallon plastic bottles of isopropyl alcohol to FedEx for transportation by air. Fire extinguishers contain compressed gas; isopropyl alcohol is a flammable liquid. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility discovered the contents of the shipment had leaked.

Kinetics 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. Kinetics 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.

Kinetics 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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