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

FAA Proposes $59,500 Penalty Against Sears, Roebuck & Co. for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against Sears, Roebuck & Co., of Hoffman, Ill., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Sears, Roebuck & Co. improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 12 eight-ounce glass containers of cologne, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air on a regularly scheduled UPS cargo flight. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment after it caught fire during unloading. Sears, Roebuck & Co. 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. Sears, Roebuck & Co. also did not make available at all times the required emergency response information. Sears, Roebuck & Co. 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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