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December 13, 2002

FAA Proposes $52,500 Penalty Against Tampa Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration,
Southern Region, has proposed to assess
a $52,500 civil penalty against Misener
Marine Construction, Inc. of Tampa, FL,
for allegedly violating Department of
Transportation hazardous materials

The FAA alleges that on September 29,
2000, Misener Marine improperly offered
a fiberboard box containing a hydraulic
system injector containing fuel, a
flammable liquid, to Federal Express
for transportation by air. Ground
handling employees at the Federal
Express sort facility in Tampa, FL
discovered the shipment leaking.

Misener Marine offered the hazardous
materials for transportation when it
was not packaged, marked, classed,
described, documented, or in condition
for shipment as required by
regulations. Misener Marine 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.

Misener Marine 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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