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July 17, 2001

FAA Proposes $84,000 Penalty Against Georgia Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess an $84,000 civil penalty against Tech Support
Associates of Chamblee, Ga., for allegedly violating Department
of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that Tech Support Associates improperly offered
a fiberboard box containing one 8-ounce plastic bottle of "TSA
Ink-Off," a flammable liquid containing methanol, to UPS for
transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort
facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Tech Support Associates 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. Tech Support Associates, Inc. also failed
to ensure that employees were trained to properly package and
handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all
times the required emergency response information.

Tech Support Associates 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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