For Immediate Release

December 14, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $51,000 civil penalty against MSC/Industrial Supply Co. of Mableton, Ga., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that MSC/Industrial Supply Co. improperly offered two fiberboard boxes containing four one-gallon cans of "WD-40," a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

MSC/Industrial Supply Co. 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. MSC/Industrial Supply Co. 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.

MSC/Industrial Supply Co. 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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