For Immediate Release

September 13, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $50,000 civil penalty against Belmont Insurance Agency of Visalia, Calif. for alleged violations of Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA cited Belmont for allegedly offering for transportation by air, a fiberboard box containing fireworks, which are explosives. Ground handling employees at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the shipment when it was opened to verify the recipient's address.

Belmont offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, inspected, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Belmont 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.

Belmont 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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