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July 23, 2001

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

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against Becker Parkin
Dental Supply of Hempstead, N.Y., for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Becker Parkin Dental Supply improperly offered
a fiberboard box containing six 11-ounce aerosol cans of
"Tri-Epoxy Mold Release Spray," a flammable gas, to UPS for
transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort
facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Becker Parkin Dental Supply 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. Becker Parkin Dental Supply, 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.

Becker Parkin Dental Supply 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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