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Press Release – FAA Proposes $72,000 Penalty Against Alpa International for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

December 21, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5180 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $72,000 civil penalty against Alpa International, Inc. of Miami, Fla., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Alpa International, Inc improperly offered three pallets containing 27 fiberboard boxes, each of which held 24 600-milliliter bottles of petroleum distillates, a flammable liquid, to Lan Chile Cargo for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the Lan Chile Cargo sort facility in Miami, Fla., discovered the shipment while separating boxes for loading aboard an aircraft.

Alpa International, Inc 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. Alpa International, Inc. 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.

Alpa International, Inc 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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