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April 11, 2001

FAA Proposes $60,000 Penalty Against Home Depot for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against Home
Depot Corp. of Atlanta, for allegedly violating Department of
Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Home Depot improperly offered a fiberboard box
containing one portable generator that contained gasoline, a
flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling
employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered
the shipment leaking.

Home Depot offered the hazardous materials for transportation
when they were not packaged, labeled, marked, classed,
described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required
by regulations. Home Depot also failed to ensure employees were
trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and
did not make available at all times the required emergency
response information.

Home Depot has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to
submit a reply 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.


--This story is posted courtesy FAA

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