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 $62,000 civil penalty against Gel-Coat Products of Seattle, Wash., for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that Gel-Coat improperly offered eight one-gallon cans of resin solution, 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 fiberboard boxes in which it was packaged.

Gel-Coat 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. Gel-Coat 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.

Gel-Coat 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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