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July 14, 2000

Contact: John Clabes/Roland Herwig Phone: 405-954-7500

FAA Proposes $50,000 Civil Penalty Against Myrtle Higa Buying Service for Alleged Violation of Hazardous Materials Regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $50,000 civil penalty against a California company for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Myrtle Higa Buying Service of Los Angeles improperly offered a shipment consisting of fingernail manicure products for transportation by air in May 1999. The shipment included acetone and fingernail enamel, which are flammable liquids. Myrtle Higa Buying Service offered the hazardous materials for transportation by air from Los Angeles to Tahiti when they were not properly declared, marked, labeled or packaged for transportation as required by Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations. The company had 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.

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