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August 2, 2000

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FAA Proposes $54,000 Penalty Against Minnesota Firm for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $54,000 civil penalty against Midwest Sign & Screen Printing Supply Co., Inc., of St. Paul, Minn., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Midwest Sign improperly shipped a fiberboard box containing a one-gallon can of printing ink, a flammable liquid, on a United Parcel Service cargo flight. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking. Midwest Sign offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Midwest Sign 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. Midwest Sign 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.

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