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July 23, 2001

FAA Proposes $84,000 Penalty Against John Deere for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess an $84,000 civil penalty against John Deere
of Plainfield, Ind., for allegedly violating Department of
Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that John Deere improperly offered a fiberboard
box holding a generator containing gasoline, a flammable liquid, to
UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the
UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment

John Deere 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. John Deere 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.

John Deere 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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