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Press Release – FAA Proposes $84,000 Penalty Against John Deere for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

July 23, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5180 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess an $84,000 civil penalty against John Deere of Plainfield, Ind., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that John Deere improperly offered a fiberboard box holding a generator containing gasoline, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

John Deere 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. John Deere 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.

John Deere 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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