For Immediate Release
February 8, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 04-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180
The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess an $84,000 civil penalty against Monsanto Corporation’s Calgene Division of Davis, Calif., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
FAA alleges that Calgene knowingly offered to United Parcel Service a fiberboard box containing hazardous materials for transportation by air. The box contained one 500-milliliter glass container of ethyl acetate, one 500-milliliter glass container of acetone, and one four-liter glass container of ethanol. All are flammable liquids. The box also contained one 100-milliliter plastic container of acetic acid, one one-gallon plastic container of sodium hydroxide, and one one-gallon plastic container of hydrochloric acid. All are corrosives. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility at Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.
Calgene 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. Calgene 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.
Calgene 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.