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December 28, 2000 Contact: Kathleen Bergen Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

FAA Proposes $50,000 Penalty Against Homero Prida Bravo for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $50,000 civil penalty against Prida Bravo S.A. of Naucalpan, Mexico, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Prida Bravo improperly offered to Federal Express, a fiberboard box containing five one-gallon metal cans of valspar varnish, a flammable liquid, for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Memphis, Tenn., discovered the shipment leaking and emitting an odor. Prida Bravo 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. Prida Bravo also did not make available at all times the required emergency response information. Prida Bravo 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.

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