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December 21, 2001

FAA Proposes $70,000 Penalty Against Sturdisteel Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Sturdisteel
Company of Waco, Texas, for allegedly violating Department of
Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Sturdisteel Company improperly offered a
fiberboard box containing eight 12.5-ounce aerosol cans of "Brite
Zinc Galvanizing Compound," a flammable gas, to UPS for
transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the Federal
Express sort facility in Memphis, Tenn., discovered the shipment

Sturdisteel Company 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. Sturdisteel Company 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.

Sturdisteel Company 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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