FAA Proposes $70,000 Civil Penalty Against Home Depot for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

Thursday, June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $70,000 civil penalty against Home Depot of Atlanta for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

On October 7, 2014, a Home Depot store in Lincoln, Neb., offered a shipment of nine cans of flammable aerosol spray paint to UPS for transportation by air. UPS contacted the Federal Aviation Administration after some of the spray paint was released into the environment.

The FAA alleges the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents and was not marked or labeled in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA also alleges the company failed to provide emergency response information with the shipment.

Home Depot has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case.