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Press Release – FAA Proposes $72,000 Fine Against Deere & Company for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

November 26, 2001
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
Phone: 847-294-7849

CHICAGO (November 26, 2001) The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $72,000 civil penalty against Deere & Company, of Moline, Illinois, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that Deere & Company offered to UPS for transportation by air a carton that contained a portable welder with a wet, non-spillable electric storage battery. A wet, non-spillable battery is considered a hazardous material.

The shipment was flown to Richmond, Virginia, from Denver, Colorado, with a stopover in Louisville, Kentucky. The flights took place on February 26 and 27, 2001. In Richmond, the shipment was transferred by ground to the UPS sort facility in Charlottesville, Virginia. Enroute, the UPS driver observed smoke coming from the truck's trailer. A fire was quickly extinguished.

FAA alleged that Deere & Company offered the shipment of hazardous material when it was not properly classed, described, packaged, labeled, marked or in the condition for shipment as required by the regulations. In addition, Deere & Company failed to make emergency response information immediately available.

Deere & Company has 30 days to respond to the FAA civil penalty notice. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA's practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties equal to or greater than $50,000.


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