For Immediate Release
September 13, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $75,000 civil penalty against Mohawk Finishing Products of Amsterdam, N.Y., for alleged violations of Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
FAA cited Mohawk for allegedly offering for transportation by air, two one-gallon metal cans of paint, which is a flammable liquid. The shipment, which was offered to an indirect air carrier, was discovered leaking by U.S. Customs Service inspectors during an inspection at a package sort facility in Miami.
Federal regulations prohibit shipping this quantity of paint by passenger-carrying aircraft. Also, Mohawk 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 regulations. Mohawk 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.
Mohawk 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.