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Press Release – FAA Proposes $50,000 Civil Penalty for Violation of Hazmat Regulations

For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 11-00
May 22, 2000
Contact: Roland Herwig/John Clabes
Phone: 405-954-7500

FORT WORTH—The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $50,000 civil penalty against a California manufacturer of wooden kitchen cabinets for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that Delta Woodwork of Gardena, Calif., offered a box of hazardous materials to Federal Express for transportation from Los Angeles to Memphis and Dallas/Fort Worth on a FedEx aircraft. That package was not properly described, classed, packaged, marked and labeled and was not in condition for shipment as required by regulations, FAA said. In addition, the FAA alleged that Delta Woodwork failed to make emergency response information immediately available for use at all times when the hazardous materials were present and that the company failed to properly train its hazardous materials handling employees.

The FAA said the box contained paint, stain and lacquer. Ramp agents at the FedEx sorting facility at Dallas/Fort Worth discovered the shipment when it was found leaking and notified the FAA.

The company has 30 days from receipt of the enforcement letter to respond to the agency. Announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in accordance with an FAA policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement cases involving penalties of $50,000 or more.


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