For Immediate Release
June 24, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess $909,000 in civil penalties against 12 companies for allegedly violating regulations concerning the offering of hazardous materials for transportation aboard aircraft.
The 12 companies were cited for improperly packaging, labeling, marking, classifying, documenting or inspecting the shipments; or for allowing employees to package and handle hazardous materials who were not trained to do so.
The materials shipped included explosives, poisons, oxidizers, corrosives, and flammable liquids and gases. Specific materials included flares, smoke signals, batteries, paint, glues, solvents, butanols, adhesives, aerosols, mineral spirits, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, organic peroxide, and resin solutions.
In most of the cases, the improperly prepared packages leaked or emitted strong odors while being processed by ground handling workers at air cargo companies or air carriers that were transporting the packages. In one case, U.S. Customs Service agents discovered the packages during an inspection.
These companies have 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.
Company Proposed Civil Penalty
Sears Roebuck, & Co., Inc. Hoffman Estates, Ill. 150,000 Grace Kennedy Ltd., Belize City, Belize City, Belize 100,000 Coastal Engineering Corp., Harahan. La. 89,000 Airways Freight Corp., Fayetteville, Ark. 75,000 Party Professionals, Inc., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 75,000 American Jawa, Ltd., Plainview, N.Y./Zetor Tractor, Harrisburg, Penn. 75,000 Wellcraft Marine Corp., Sarasota, Fla. 65,000 Weatherford Enterra Compression Co., Inc., Corpus Christi, Tex. 65,000 Interstate Chemical Company, Hermitage, Penn. 60,000 MJM Studios, South Kearny, N.J. 55,000 Stevens Aviation, Inc., Peachtree City, Ga. 50,000 Lubricantes Fuchs De Mexico, S.A. DE C.V, Queretaro, Mexico 50,000