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Press Release – FAA Proposes $59,500 Penalty Against the Hopper Company, Inc. for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

February 3, 2003
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against The Hopper Company, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on September 24, 2001, Hopper Company improperly offered a fiberboard box containing seven 1.5- gallon metal containers of materials containing hydrocarbon liquids, which are flammable, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

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

The Hopper Company 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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