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Press Release – FAA Proposes $59,500 Penalty Against Baranco Acura for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

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

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against Baranco Acura of Morrow, Ga. for alleged violations of Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA cited Baranco Acura for allegedly offering for transportation by air, one Delco Freedom battery, which contains acid, a corrosive. Ground handling employees at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the battery leaking through the fiberboard box in which it was packaged.

Baranco Acura 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. Baranco Acura 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.

Baranco Acura 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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