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Press Release – FAA Proposes $72,000 Penalty Against Xerox for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

August 2, 2000
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $72,000 civil penalty against Xerox Corp., of Des Plaines, Ill., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Xerox improperly shipped a padded envelope containing one eight-ounce plastic bottle of Xerox Film Remover, a flammable liquid, on a United Parcel Service cargo flight. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment during a document search.

Xerox offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Xerox 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.

Xerox 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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