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 Tate & Partners of Santa Monica, CA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on August 7, 2000, Tate & Partners improperly offered a fiberboard box containing numerous small plastic, glass, metal and aerosol containers holding a variety of paints, adhesives, alcohols, markers, glues and cements, butane gas and other flammable liquids and gases to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY discovered the shipment during a document search conducted during cargo sort operations.

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

Tate & Partners 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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