For Immediate Release

December 18, 1998
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100


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

Total $1,355,000

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