For Immediate Release

Release No. SW99060001
June 11, 1999
Contact: Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500


FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to assess a $52,500 civil penalty against Lipsner-Smith Co., for alleged violations of Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleged that on April 1, 1998, Lipsner-Smith Co. Lincolnwood, Ill., offered two glass containers of 1,1,1,-trichloroethane, a hazardous material, to Federal Express for transportation by air from California to Louisiana. The shipment was found to be leaking when it arrived at the Louisiana FedEx sort facility and FAA security investigators were called. The FAA alleged that Lipsner-Smith Co. offered the shipment of hazardous materials for transportation by air when it was not properly described, classed, packaged, marked and labeled, and was not in condition for shipment as required by the regulations. Another unmarked shipment of hazardous material from the same company was found in the FedEx facility the next day.

This shipment allegedly violated several hazardous materials regulations.

Lipsner-Smith has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's notice to submit a reply to the agency. The 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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