For Immediate Release

December 13, 2002
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $96,250 civil penalty against Farm Equipment N Supplies of St. Michael, Barbados, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on October 19, 2000, Farm Equipment improperly offered fiberboard boxes holding four one- gallon plastic containers of disinfectants containing high-boiling tar acids and acetic acid, which are corrosives, to American Airlines for transportation by air. Employees at the American Airlines facility in Miami, FL discovered the shipment leaking. The shipment was transported from Barbados to Miami aboard a passenger-carrying aircraft. The quantity of disinfectant contained in each container, approximately 3.79 liters, and the entire shipment, approximately 15 liters, exceeded the amount of material permitted aboard passenger- carrying aircraft.

Farm Equipment offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Farm Equipment 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.

Farm Equipment had 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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