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Press Release – FAA Proposes $84,000 Penalty Against West Virginia Corporation for Hazmat Violations

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 an $84,000 civil penalty against The Twin State Corp., Beauty and Barber Supply of Hinton, WV., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on August 2, 2000, Twin State improperly offered a fiberboard box containing three 8.5- ounce plastic bottles of styling spray, a flammable liquid, and 12 9.25-ounce aerosol containers of volume spray, a flammable gas, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY discovered the shipment leaking.

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

Twin State 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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