FAA Proposes $78,000 Civil Penalty Against Amazon, Inc. for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations
ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $78,000 civil penalty against Amazon, Inc., for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.
The FAA alleges that on May 24, 2014, Amazon offered Federal Express (FedEx) two cardboard boxes containing corrosive rust stain preventer for air transportation from Plainfield, Ill. to Davenport, Fla.
One of the packages contained four 1-gallon plastic jugs of Rid O’ Rust Stain Preventer Acid Well Water Formula, while the other held two 1-gallon jugs of the formula. Workers at FedEx’s sorting facility in Lake Wales, Fla., discovered one of the containers leaked through the cardboard box.
The FAA alleges the package was not properly marked, labeled, packaged or accompanied by shipping papers indicating the amount, type and hazardous nature of the material inside. The FAA also alleges Amazon did not provide required emergency response information with the shipment.
Amazon has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the agency.