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July 23, 2001

FAA Proposes $60,000 Penalty Against Emco Chemical Distributors for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against Emco
Chemical Distributors of North Chicago, Ill., for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Emco Chemical Distributors improperly offered a
fiberboard box holding six 8-ounce glass bottles containing
toluene, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air.
Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville,
Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Emco Chemical Distributors 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. Emco Chemical Distributors 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.

Emco Chemical Distributors 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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