For Immediate Release

July 8, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess an $80,000 civil penalty against Applied Industries Tech, Inc. (AIT) of Santa Ana, Calif. for allegedly violating regulations concerning shipping hazardous materials aboard aircraft.

FAA cited AIT for improperly shipping six one-gallon plastic containers of hydrochloric acid, a corrosive, on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. Ground handling personnel at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the acid leaking through a fiberboard box in which it was improperly packaged.

AIT offered the hazardous material for shipment when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, inspected, or in condition for shipment in accordance with U.S. Dept. of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. AIT also failed to ensure that employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

AIT has 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.

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