For Immediate Release

November 2, 1999
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $165,000 civil penalty against Apex Distributing Company of Chatsworth, Calif., for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that Apex improperly offered 525 cigarette lighters containing flammable gas for transportation by air on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. A hazardous materials specialist at the cargo carrier's sort facility discovered that the shipment was improperly packaged in a fiberboard box after the recipient refused delivery.

Apex 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. Apex 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.

Apex 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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