For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 04-01
February 8, 2001
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $52,500 civil penalty against Baker Petrolite, Inc. of Sugarland, Texas, for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA said Baker Petrolite offered an undeclared shipment, which consisted of two 12-ounce bottles of paint additive known as Disperbyk-151, a flammable liquid, to Federal Express for transportation by air. The shipment was transported by Federal Express from Weymouth, Mass., to Sugarland, Texas, where a FedEx employee discovered the leaking shipment en-route at the FedEx sorting center in Memphis.

Baker Petrolite offered the hazardous materials for shipment when they were not properly classified, described, packaged, marked, labeled or in a condition for shipment as required by regulations. Baker Petrolite also did not make available at all times the required emergency response information. The FAA also alleges Baker Petrolite failed to insure hazardous material employees were properly trained and tested for proficiency.

Baker Petrolite, Inc. has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond 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.