For Immediate Release

February 28, 2003
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against TEPG US of Westminster, MA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on March 19, 2001, TEPG US, formerly known as TEPG Simplex, a unit of SimplexGrinnell LP, improperly offered a fiberboard box containing four rechargeable lead acid batteries, which are corrosive, to Federal Express (FedEx) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Lexington, SC discovered the shipment leaking.

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

TEPG US 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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