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July 17, 2001

FAA Proposes $70,000 Penalty Against Indianapolis Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Oil Equipment
Supply Corp. of Indianapolis, Ind., for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Oil Equipment Supply Corp. improperly offered a
fiberboard box holding one one-gallon container of Roskote Sealer,
a flammable liquid to FedEx for transportation by air.
Ground-handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Memphis,
Tenn., discovered the shipment leaking.

Oil Equipment Supply Corp. 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. Oil Equipment Supply Corp., Inc. 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.

Oil Equipment Supply Corp. 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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