For Immediate Release

July 17, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Oil Equipment Supply Corp. of Indianapolis, Ind., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Oil Equipment Supply Corp. improperly offered a fiberboard box holding one one-gallon container of Roskote Sealer, a flammable liquid to FedEx for transportation by air. Ground-handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Memphis, Tenn., discovered the shipment leaking.

Oil Equipment Supply Corp. 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. Oil Equipment Supply Corp., Inc. 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.

Oil Equipment Supply Corp. 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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