For Immediate Release

October 28, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5180 After Hours:404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against OKI Bering of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Tarrant, Ala., for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that OKI Bering improperly offered four one-gallon containers 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 contents of the shipment leaking through the fiberboard container in which it was packaged.

OKI Bering 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. OKI Bering 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.

OKI Bering 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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