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Press Release – FAA Proposes $51,000 Penalty Against Superior Solvents, Inc. 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 (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $51,000 civil penalty against Superior Solvents, Inc., of Fairfield, OH, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on August 30, 2001, Superior Solvents, Inc. improperly offered a fiberboard box containing a one-gallon aluminum container of glycol ether PM acetate, a flammable liquid, to Federal Express for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Erlanger, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

Superior Solvents, Inc. offered the hazardous materials for transportation when it was not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Superior Solvents, Inc. also did not make available at all times the required emergency response information. The notice does not cite any violation of training regulations.

Superior Solvents, Inc. has 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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