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Press Release – FAA Proposes $72,000 Penalty Against Houston Company for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

June 5, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $72,000 civil penalty against Nutrition for Life International, Inc., of Houston, Tex., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Nutrition for Life improperly offered a fiberboard box containing two one-pint plastic bottles of "Nutrition for Life, Virahol Enviro Defense System" to UPS for transportation by air. This substance is denatured alcohol, which is a flammable liquid and is classified as a hazardous material. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Nutrition for Life 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. Nutrition for Life 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.

Nutrition for Life 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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