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Press Release – FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Cummins Engine Company for Hazmat Violations

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 two $59,500 civil penalties against Cummins Engine Company, Inc. of Columbus, Ind., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that on or about July 15, 1999 and again on or about November 15, 2001, Cummins Engine Company, Inc. improperly offered fiberboard boxes containing machinery coated with diesel fuel, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Cummins Engine Company, 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. Cummins Engine Company, 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.

Cummins Engine Company, 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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