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November 1, 2000

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FAA Proposes $59,500 Penalty Against Environ Corp. for Hazmat Violation

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against Environ Corp., of Arlington, Va. for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations. FAA alleges that Environ Corp. improperly offered a plastic box containing one 16-ounce aerosol can of paint, and one 17-liter compressed gas cylinder to Federal Express for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Greenville, S.C., discovered the package leaking and exhibiting a stain. Aerosols are classified as a flammable gas, compressed gas, is classified as a non-flammable gas; both are hazardous materials.

Environ Corp. 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.

Environ Corp. 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. Environ Corp. 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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