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 Durability, Inc. of St. Petersburg, FL, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on February 5, 2001, Durability improperly offered a fiberboard box containing one, 118- ounce metal container of lacquer, 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.

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

Durability 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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