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Press Release – FAA Proposes $59,500 Penalty Against Alden Rowing Shells, LLC for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

February 28, 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 Alden Rowing Shells LLC of Eliot, ME, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on March 27, 2001, Alden Rowing improperly offered a fiberboard box containing two, six- ounce metal containers of clear resin solution, 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.

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

Alden Rowing 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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