For Immediate Release

December 21, 2001
Contact: Christopher White
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 Sturdisteel Company of Waco, Texas, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Sturdisteel Company improperly offered a fiberboard box containing eight 12.5-ounce aerosol cans of "Brite Zinc Galvanizing Compound," a flammable gas, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the Federal Express sort facility in Memphis, Tenn., discovered the shipment leaking.

Sturdisteel Company 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. Sturdisteel Company 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.

Sturdisteel Company 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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