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FAA Proposes $52,500 Civil Penalty Against Baker Petrolite, Inc. for Hazardous Material Violations

FORT WORTH -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has
proposed a $52,500 civil penalty against Baker Petrolite, Inc. of
Sugarland, Texas, for allegedly violating U.S. Department of
Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA said Baker Petrolite offered an undeclared shipment,
which consisted of two 12-ounce bottles of paint additive known
as Disperbyk-151, a flammable liquid, to Federal Express for
transportation by air. The shipment was transported by Federal
Express from Weymouth, Mass., to Sugarland, Texas, where a
FedEx employee discovered the leaking shipment en-route at the
FedEx sorting center in Memphis.

Baker Petrolite offered the hazardous materials for shipment when
they were not properly classified, described, packaged, marked,
labeled or in a condition for shipment as required by regulations.
Baker Petrolite also did not make available at all times the required
emergency response information. The FAA also alleges Baker
Petrolite failed to insure hazardous material employees were
properly trained and tested for proficiency.

Baker Petrolite, Inc. has 30 days from the 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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