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

For Immediate Release

December 10, 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 RLS Group, Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla., for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

FAA alleged that RLS Group improperly offered to an overnight air freight company, eleven separate packages containing perfumery products, which are flammable liquids, for transportation by air. Employees at the company's acceptance center rejected the packages because they were not in compliance with hazardous materials regulations. Later on the same day, RLS Group re-offered the packages at a second acceptance center of the same air freight company. Employees at the second acceptance center discovered the above mentioned packages contained hazardous materials.

RLS Group 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. RLS Group 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.

RLS Group 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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