For Immediate Release

February 8, 2002
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $165,000 civil penalty against Merial Select of Gainesville, Ga., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that on or about July 20, 1999, Merial Select improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 16 one-gallon plastic jugs of "70 percent isopropyl alcohol," a flammable liquid, to Federal Express for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the Federal Express sort facility in Gasden, Ala., discovered the shipment leaking.

Merial Select 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. Merial Select 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.

Merial Select 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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