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Press Release – FAA Proposes $55,000 Penalty Against CalAmerica for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

November 3, 2000
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $55,000 civil penalty against CalAmerica, of Addison, Tex., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that CalAmerica improperly offered, a fiberboard box containing two batteries wrapped in plastic and surrounded by foam packaging material to Federal Express for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Memphis, Tenn., discovered the shipment after it caught fire during unloading.

CalAmerica 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. CalAmerica 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.

CalAmerica 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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