For Immediate Release
December 18, 1998
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess $1.3 million in civil penalties against 16 companies for allegedly violating regulations concerning the offering of transportation of hazardous materials aboard aircraft.
The companies were cited for improperly packaging, labeling, marking, classing, documenting or inspecting the shipments, or for allowing employees to package and handle hazardous materials who were not trained to do so. Two companies were cited for violating international regulations for transporting hazardous materials by air. One company was cited for offering a shipment of hazardous materials for transportation on passenger aircraft, when the shipment should have been transported by cargo aircraft.
The materials shipped included corrosives, poisons, explosives, and flammable liquids and gases. Specific materials included batteries, paint and paint thinners, cyanide, cigarette lighters, nail enamel, fireworks, gasoline, ethanol, and hazardous waste.
In most of the cases, the improperly packaged materials broke open, leaked or emitted strong odors while being processed by ground handling personnel at air cargo companies or air carriers, which were transporting the packages. In other cases, cargo handlers or customs agents discovered the packages.
These companies 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.
CompanyProposed Civil Penalty
Computer Science Corp., Jolon, Calif.$150,000
Ciba-Geigy Corp., Tarrytown, N.Y. 150,000
America West Airlines, Inc., Phoenix, Ariz. 125,000
All-Spec Static Control, Inc., Maspeth, N.Y. 110,000
M.C. Shipping Express, New York, N.Y. 100,000
SGS Del Peru, S.A., Lima, Peru 100,000
PPG Industrial Research Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. 90,000
Mirage Cosmetics, Inc., Beltsville, Md. 80,000
Sherwin-Williams Co., Cleveland, Ohio 70,000
The Gold Mine, Sunrise, Fla. 60,000
Leading Technologies, Leechburg, Pa. 60,000
Counter Culture, Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif. 60,000
Miami International Traders, Medley, Fla. 50,000
Dow Chemical, Inc., Midland, Mich. 50,000
Radium Industries, Austin, Texas 50,000
Kellner's Fireworks, Harrisville, Pa. 50,000