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Press Release – FAA Proposes $220,000 Penalty Against Expert-Med for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

February 28, 2003
Contact: Christopher White
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $220,000 civil penalty against Expert-Med, Inc. of Ormond Beach, FL, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on September 18, 2001, Expert-Med improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 24, 50- milileter bottles of Etoposide Injection, which is a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Orlando, FL, discovered the shipment leaking.

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

Expert-Med 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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