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 $60,000 civil penalty against Ronco Consulting Corporation of Washington, D.C. for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on March 9, 2001, Ronco Consulting improperly offered a composite hard-shell container containing one M-60 time-blasting fuse igniter and approximately 61 feet of M-700 safety fuse, which are explosives, to Continental Airlines for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the Continental Airlines facility in Nashville, TN, discovered the shipment when it was being processed. Explosives are prohibited aboard passenger-carrying aircraft.

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

Ronco Consulting 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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