For Immediate Release

August 19, 2001
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
Phone: 847-294-7849


CHICAGO, IL (July 19, 2001) The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a civil penalty of $78,500 against Novel Tees Wholesale, Salt Lake City, Utah, for hazardous materials violations on a shipment offered for transportation by air on or about November 6, 2000.

The shipment, consisting of a single, non-specification fiberboard box, was flown on a regularly scheduled UPS cargo flight from the Salt Lake City International Airport to the Louisville International-Standiford Field (Louisville, Kentucky). From Louisville, the shipment was flown to the UPS sort facility at the Alpena County Regional Airport, Alpena, Michigan.

UPS personnel in Alpena noticed the package had broken open. Further inspection revealed it contained 12-5 oz. plastic bottles of Ronsonol lighter fuel; 12-3 oz. metal aerosol cans of Stylist color hair spray; 12 Dragon Fire Micro Torches, and 9 novelty lighters. Each item is classified as hazardous materials under the Federal Aviation Regulations, and should be labeled FLAMMABLE LIQUID (Ronsonol), or FLAMMABLE GAS (the hair spray, micro torches and novelty lighters).

Novel Tees Wholesale did not properly class, describe, package, mark, label these items for transport by air. It offered hazmat for transportation without properly describing the material on shipping papers. Emergency response information was not provided, and the company failed to ensure each of its hazmat employees was trained in accordance with the Federal Aviation Regulations. Special packaging and permission, required for the transport of cigarette lighters, or items containing ignition elements and containing fuel, was not obtained.

Novel Tees Wholesale will have 30 days from the receipt of the Civil Penalty Letter to respond to these allegations.

This announcement of the civil penalty proposal is in accordance with FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases that involve penalties of $50,000 or more.

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