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 $70,000 civil penalty against Pirelli Cables and Systems of Columbia SC, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on or about March 15, 2001, Pirelli Cables improperly offered a fiberboard box containing two gauges filled with approximately 20 ounces of mercury, a corrosive, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY discovered the shipment leaking.

Pirelli Cables offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Pirelli Cables 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.

Pirelli Cables 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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