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December 13, 2002

FAA Proposes $84,000 Penalty Against West Virginia Corporation for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration,
Southern Region, has proposed to assess
an $84,000 civil penalty against The
Twin State Corp., Beauty and Barber
Supply of Hinton, WV., for allegedly
violating Department of Transportation
hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on August 2, 2000,
Twin State improperly offered a
fiberboard box containing three 8.5-
ounce plastic bottles of styling spray,
a flammable liquid, and 12 9.25-ounce
aerosol containers of volume spray, a
flammable gas, to United Parcel Service
(UPS) for transportation by air. Ground
handling employees at the UPS sort
facility in Louisville, KY discovered
the shipment leaking.

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

Twin State 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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