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More than $500,000 in Civil Penalties Proposed by FAA for Hazmat Violations

Friday, October 24, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed this week a total of more than $500,000 in civil penalties against six companies for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations. In each case, the FAA alleges that the shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of their contents and were not marked, labeled or packed in accordance with the HMR. The FAA also alleges the companies failed to provide emergency response information and ensure that their employees had received the required hazmat training.

The proposed penalties are as follows.

- $227,500 against a Chinese company for shipping on an air cargo flight a package containing one bottle of titanium tetrachloride, a poisonous, corrosive material that is prohibited from being shipped on passenger or cargo aircraft under the HMR, and two bottles of benzodioxole, a hazardous flammable liquid (the company has 30 days to respond to the FAA’s enforcement letter)

- $66,000 against a California company for shipping by air a box containing five one-gallon containers of paint, which is a flammable liquid (the company has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case)

 - $65,000 against an Ohio company for offering for shipment by air a box containing six smaller packages, each holding approximately 1,000 bullets (the company has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case)

- $57,400 against a Florida company for shipping a package containing 20 eight-ounce bottles of acrylic that were not packaged to prevent breakage or leakage (the company has asked to meet with the FAA to discuss the case)

- $54,000 against a Saudi Arabia company for offering for shipment by air two one-gallon containers and two one-quart containers of epoxy resin, a corrosive liquid (the FAA alleges that the package’s contents exceeded the maximum amount of epoxy resin that can be shipped on board cargo aircraft, and the company has 30 days to respond to the FAA’s enforcement letter)

- $54,000 against an Arizona company for offering for shipment by air three 2.5-ounce containers of flammable, liquid hand sanitizer (the company has 30 days to respond to the FAA’s enforcement letter)

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