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Press Release – FAA Proposes $60,000 Penalty Against Emco Chemical Distributors 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 Emco Chemical Distributors of North Chicago, Ill., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Emco Chemical Distributors improperly offered a fiberboard box holding six 8-ounce glass bottles containing toluene, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Emco Chemical Distributors 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. Emco Chemical Distributors 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.

Emco Chemical Distributors 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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