For Immediate Release
January 28, 2002
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 in August, 1999, Sturdisteel Company improperly offered a fiberboard box containing eight 2.5-ounce aerosol cans of "Brite Zinc Galvanizing Compound," a flammable gas, to Federal Express 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.