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Press Release – FAA Proposes $84,000 Penalty Against Ashland Changzhou and Ashland Specialty Chemical for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

March 18, 2003
Contact: Christopher White
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess an $84,000 civil penalty against Ashland Changzhou of Shanghai, China and Ashland Specialty Chemical Co. of Columbus, OH, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on December 21, 2000, Ashland Changzhou improperly offered a fiberboard box containing two, 1-liter plastic containers of Base Resin, a poison, which is 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.

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

Ashland 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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