For Immediate Release
February 8, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180
The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Kubota Tractor Corp. of Suwanee, Ga., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
FAA alleges that Kubota knowingly offered to United Parcel Service a fiberboard box containing hazardous materials for transportation by air. The box contained a Kubota tractor battery filled with acid, a corrosive. The shipment was discovered when ground handling employee at the UPS sort facility at Southwest Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers discovered the shipment leaking.
Kubota 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. Kubota 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.
Kubota 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.