For Immediate Release

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


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $77,000 civil penalty against Raven Industries of Sioux Falls, S.D. for allegedly violating regulations concerning shipping hazardous materials aboard aircraft.

FAA cited Raven Industries for improperly shipping flammable liquids and organic peroxide on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. Ground handling personnel at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the shipment emitting a strong odor through the fiberboard box in which it was improperly packaged.

Raven Industries 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. Raven Industries 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.

Raven Industries 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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