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Press Release – FAA Proposes $65,000 Penalty Against Seattle Company for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

July 16, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $65,000 civil penalty against National Chemsearch Corp. of Seattle, Wash. for allegedly violating regulations concerning shipping hazardous materials aboard aircraft.

FAA cited National Chemsearch Corp. for improperly shipping flammable liquids and gases and corrosive liquids on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. Ground handling personnel at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the hazardous materials leaking through a fiberboard box in which it was improperly packaged.

National Chemsearch Corp. offered the hazardous material for transportation 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. National Chemsearch Corp. 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.

National Chemsearch Corp. 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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