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FAA Proposes $50,000 Fine Against Irrifrance Industries for Hazardous Materials Violations

CHICAGO, IL, January 11, 2001 - The Federal Aviation
Administration has proposed to assess a civil penalty of $50,000
against Irrifrance Industries of Paulhan, France, for alleged
violations of Department of Transportation hazardous material

The FAA alleged that on December 9, 1999, Irrifrance offered a
shipment of hazardous materials to Airborne Express through TNT
Skyguide and Chronopost.

The shipment consisted of a single fiberboard box that flew on a
regularly scheduled Airborne Express cargo flight from Houston,
Texas, to the Airborne sort facility in Wilmington, Ohio.

At Wilmington, Airborne Express employee noticed the package
was emitting an odor. Inspection revealed that it contained two
one-gallon metal cans of Beckrylac 1510, a paint. Both cans were
marked "toxique" and "inflammable." The lids on both cans had
failed, allowing the material to leak.

There were no shipping papers to adequately describe the
hazardous materials; the outer box was not properly marked and
Irrifrance did not make emergency response information available;
and Irrifrance failed to instruct all of its employees responsbile for
preparing hazardous material shipments of the applicable
regulatory requirements.

Irrifrance Industries has 30 days from its receipt of the FAA's
Civil Penalty Letter to respond to the allegations.

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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