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Press Release – FAA Proposes $51,000 Penalty Against Nova Chemicals 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 $51,000 civil penalty against Nova Chemicals, Inc. of Monaca, PA, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on February 22, 2002, Nova Chemicals improperly offered a fiberboard box containing a five- pound bag of polymeric beads, a hazardous material, to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY, discovered the shipment leaking.

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

Nova Chemicals had 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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