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 $59,500 civil penalty against Turbodyne Systems, Inc. of Carpinteria, Calif., for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
FAA alleged that Turbodyne improperly offered an automobile battery for transportation by air on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. The battery contained acid, a corrosive. Ground handling employees at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered the contents of the battery leaking through the fiberboard box in which it was packaged.
Turbodyne 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. Turbodyne 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.
Turbodyne 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.