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April 11, 2001

FAA Proposes $60,000 Penalty Against California Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against Overspray
Removal Systems Corp. of La Mirada Calif., for allegedly
violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials

FAA alleges that Overspray Removal Systems improperly
offered a cooler containing wax, polishing compounds and
solvent, hazardous materials, as checked baggage aboard
Southwest Airlines for transportation by air. Southwest Airlines
ground handling employees at Nashville International Airport
discovered the shipment emitting a strong odor.

Overspray Removal Systems offered the hazardous materials for
transportation when they were not properly packaged, labeled,
marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for
shipment as required by regulations. Overspray Removal
Systems 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

Overspray Removal Systems 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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