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FAA Proposes $70,000 Penalty Against Kubota Tractor Corp. for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $70,000 civil penalty against Kubota
Tractor Corp. of Suwanee, Ga., for allegedly violating Department
of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Kubota knowingly offered to United Parcel
Service a fiberboard box containing hazardous materials for
transportation by air. The box contained a Kubota tractor battery
filled with acid, a corrosive. The shipment was discovered when
ground handling employee at the UPS sort facility at Southwest
Florida International Airport in Ft. Myers discovered the shipment

Kubota 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. Kubota 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

Kubota 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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