For Immediate Release

December 28, 2000
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against Starwest Pharmaceuticals, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Starwest Pharmaceuticals improperly offered a fiberboard box containing five four-ounce glass bottles of peppermint extract, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air on a regularly scheduled UPS cargo flight. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Starwest Pharmaceuticals 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. Starwest Pharmaceuticals 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.

Starwest Pharmaceuticals 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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