For Immediate Release

April 11, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against Overspray Removal Systems Corp. of La Mirada Calif., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Overspray Removal Systems improperly offered a cooler containing wax, polishing compounds and solvent, hazardous materials, as checked baggage aboard Southwest Airlines for transportation by air. Southwest Airlines ground handling employees at Nashville International Airport discovered the shipment emitting a strong odor.

Overspray Removal Systems offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not properly packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Overspray Removal Systems 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.

Overspray Removal Systems 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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