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Press Release – FAA Proposes $50,000 Penalty Against New Jersey Company for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

October 20, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $50,000 civil penalty against Elscint, Inc. of Hackensack, N.J., for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

FAA alleged that Elscint improperly offered two one-gallon cans of paint, a flammable liquid, for transportation by air on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. Ground handling employees at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the contents of the shipment leaking through the two fiberboard boxes in which it was packaged.

Elscint 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 the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations. Elscint also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Elscint 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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