For Immediate Release

November 5, 2001
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: (425) 227-2015

RENTON, Wa. — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $220,000 civil penalty against Industria Chimica General (ICG), of Modena, Italy, for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on Feb. 14, 2001, ICG offered for transport via air commerce a shipment of ten wooden crates containing undeclared hazardous materials. None of these crates contained proper hazardous materials markings. The crates contained a total of approximately 380 gallons of flammable liquids. These hazardous materials could have been shipped via cargo aircraft only and are forbidden from transportation on passenger aircraft.

The shipment was offered to American Airlines and transported from Milan, Italy, to O'Hare International Airport, Chicago. The FAA alleges that ICG offered as cargo, hazardous materials that were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled, or in a condition for shipment required by the hazardous materials regulations.

ICG will have 30 days from its receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency. This announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in accordance with the FAA's policy of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases involving penalties of $50,000 or more.