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June 21, 2000

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FAA Proposes $60,000 Penalty Against Home Depot for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against Home Depot Corp. of Atlanta, Ga., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Home Depot improperly offered a fiberboard box containing a one-gallon metal container of flammable paint to United Parcel Service for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility opened the package to verify an address and discovered the shipment. Home Depot 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.

Home Depot 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. Home Depot 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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