For Immediate Release
March 13, 2000
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180
The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $54,000 civil penalty against U.S. Battery Mfg. Co. of Evans, Ga., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.
FAA alleged that U.S. Battery improperly offered a fiberboard box containing two batteries to UPS for transportation by air on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. The batteries contained acid, a corrosive, which is a hazardous material. Ground handling employees at the cargo carrier’s sort facility discovered the contents of the shipment leaking.
U.S. Battery offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations. U.S. Battery 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.
U.S. Battery 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.