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FAA Proposes $55,000 Fine Against Atlantic Southeast Airlines

RENTON, Wash. -- The Federal Aviation Administration has
proposed to assess a $55,000 civil penalty against Atlantic
Southeast Airlines of Macon, Ga., for allegedly violating U.S.
Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleged that on August 4, 2000, Atlantic Southeast
Airlines employees in Macon offered a fuel pump containing
aviation fuel to Federal Express for transportation by air to
Seattle. At Boeing Field International, FedEx employees
discovered the package had leaked. A fuel pump with fuel
remaining in it is considered hazardous material.

The FAA alleged that Atlantic Southeast offered the hazardous
material for transportation when it was not properly classed,
described, packaged, marked, labeled, or in a condition, for
shipment as required by hazardous materials regulations. Further,
the FAA alleged that Atlantic Southeast Airlines failed to provide
an employee who was properly trained and certified to handle
hazardous material shipments and that the shipment was not
accompanied by required emergency response information.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines will have 30 days from its receipt of
the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency. This
announcement of the proposed civil penalty is made in
accordance with the FAA's policy of releasing information to the
public on newly issued enforcement actions in cases involving
penalties of $50,000 or more.


--This story is posted courtesy FAA

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