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December 13, 2002

FAA Proposes $60,000 Penalty Against Washington D.C. Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration,
Southern Region, has proposed to assess
a $60,000 civil penalty against Ronco
Consulting Corporation of Washington,
D.C. for allegedly violating Department
of Transportation hazardous materials

The FAA alleges that on March 9, 2001,
Ronco Consulting improperly offered a
composite hard-shell container
containing one M-60 time-blasting fuse
igniter and approximately 61 feet of
M-700 safety fuse, which are
explosives, to Continental Airlines for
transportation by air. Ground handling
employees at the Continental Airlines
facility in Nashville, TN, discovered
the shipment when it was being
processed. Explosives are prohibited
aboard passenger-carrying aircraft.

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

Ronco Consulting 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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