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Press Release – FAA Proposes $54,000 Penalty Against Washington Company for Hazmat Violations

For Immediate Release

March 13, 2000
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-303-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $54,000 civil penalty against Regal Crown Industries, Inc. of Seattle, Wash., (RCI) for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged that RCI improperly offered a fiberboard box containing plastic jars and bottles of paint, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air on a regularly scheduled cargo flight. Ground handling employees at the cargo carrier’s sort facility discovered the shipment leaking.

RCI offered the hazardous material for transportation by air 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. RCI 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.

RCI 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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