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Press Release – FAA Proposes $70,000 Penalty Against Texas Company 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 $70,000 civil penalty against Wholesale Electric Supply Corp. of Houston, Inc. in Clute, Tex. for alleged violations of Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA cited Wholesale Electric for allegedly offering for transportation by air, 19 cans of paint, which is a flammable liquid. Ground handling employees at an air carrier's cargo facility in Miami discovered the shipment leaking through the fiberboard box in which is was packaged.

Wholesale Electric 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. Wholesale Electric 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.

Wholesale Electric 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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