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Press Release – FAA Proposes $80,000 Civil Penalty Against Texas Firm in Hazmat Case

For Immediate Release

March 3, 1998
Contact: John Clabes
Phone: 405-954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today said it proposes to assess an $80,000 civil penalty against a Garland, TX, company for offering an undeclared shipment of hazardous materials for shipment on a Federal Express aircraft.

The FAA said the violation occurred Oct. 29, 1997, when Penn Industries, Inc. shipped a an unmarked box of 20 aerosol spray cans of vinyl and plastic color spray and three cans of urethane bumper coater through Federal Express to Blake's auto paint supply of Texarkana, TX.

A Federal Express driver detected loose metal in the package. FAA security offices were notified. The FAA said Penn Industries violated a number of hazardous material regulations. A letter outlining the proposed civil penalty was sent to them Feb. 17. The company has 30 days to confer with the FAA or offer additional information on the violation.

This announcement is being made in accordance with the FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly-issued enforcement actions involving civil penalties of $50,000 or more.


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