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Press Release – FAA Proposes $60,000 Penalty Against Dental Supply Company for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

July 23, 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 Becker Parkin Dental Supply of Hempstead, N.Y., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Becker Parkin Dental Supply improperly offered a fiberboard box containing six 11-ounce aerosol cans of "Tri-Epoxy Mold Release Spray," a flammable gas, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Becker Parkin Dental Supply 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. Becker Parkin Dental Supply, Inc. also failed to ensure that employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Becker Parkin Dental Supply 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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