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Press Release – FAA Seeks to Assess $65,000 Civil Penalty Against Chicago Firm in Hazmat Shipments

For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW903003
March 29, 1999
Contact: John Clabes/Roland Herwig
Phone: 405-954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today said it has issued a notice proposing to assess a $65,000 civil penalty against Akzo Nobel Coating, Inc., of Chicago, Ill. for allegedly offering improperly labeled hazardous materials for transportation by air.

The agency alleged that Akzo offered six metal cans of Polystop LP, a class 3 hazardous material to Federal Express aircraft for transportation by air. At the company's Tyler, Texas, sorting facility, a Federal Express safety specialist found the material leaking and notified FAA officials.

By offering the shipment, Akzo violated several hazardous material regulations.

The company has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. The 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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