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August 22, 2000

Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig

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FAA Proposes $60,000 Civil Penalty Against South Korean Chemical Firm for Shipping Hazardous Materials Aboard Passenger Aircraft

LOS ANGELES -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against a South Korean chemical firm for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleged Dae Joo Fine Chemical Company offered a shipment of the chemicals to American Airlines, via Korean Airlines, for transportation by air from South Korea to Reno, Nevada. The shipment contained 45 gallons of silicone resin, classified as a hazardous material with a flash point of less than 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

The FAA alleged that the shipment was not properly described, marked, labeled or accompanied by the proper shipping documents. In addition emergency response information was not made immediately available for use at all times the hazardous material was present. Dae Joo Fine Chemical had 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond 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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