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December 13, 2002

FAA Proposes $96,250 Penalty Against Barbados Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration,
Southern Region, has proposed to assess
a $96,250 civil penalty against Farm
Equipment N Supplies of St. Michael,
Barbados, for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous
materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on October 19,
2000, Farm Equipment improperly offered
fiberboard boxes holding four one-
gallon plastic containers of
disinfectants containing high-boiling
tar acids and acetic acid, which are
corrosives, to American Airlines for
transportation by air. Employees at the
American Airlines facility in Miami, FL
discovered the shipment leaking. The
shipment was transported from Barbados
to Miami aboard a passenger-carrying
aircraft. The quantity of disinfectant
contained in each container,
approximately 3.79 liters, and the
entire shipment, approximately 15
liters, exceeded the amount of material
permitted aboard passenger- carrying

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

Farm Equipment had 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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