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February 3, 2003

FAA Proposes $52,500 Penalty Against Eastern Asia Industries for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to
assess a $52,500 civil penalty against
Eastern Asia Industries of Kedah,
Malaysia, for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous
materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on October 23,
2000, Eastern Asia Industries
improperly offered a fiberboard box
containing one 32-ounce plastic
container of adhesive, a flammable
liquid, to United Parcel Service (UPS)
for transportation by air. Ground
handling employees at the UPS sort
facility in Louisville, KY, discovered
the shipment leaking.

Eastern Asia Industries offered the
hazardous materials for transportation
when they were not packaged, marked,
classed, described, documented, or in
condition for shipment as required by
regulations. Eastern Asia Industries
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 information.

Eastern Asia Industries 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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