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Press Release – FAA Proposes $70,000 Penalty Against Matarah Industries 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 $70,000 civil penalty against Matarah Industries, Inc. of Milwaukee, WI, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on November 27, 2000, Matarah Industries improperly offered a fiberboard box containing a one-gallon container of SPI personal insect repellent, a flammable liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

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

Matarah Industries 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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