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July 17, 2001

FAA Proposes $60,000 Penalty Against Bindley Western Industries for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $60,000 civil penalty against Bindley
Western Industries of Indianapolis, Ind., for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Bindley Western Industries improperly offered a
fiberboard box holding four one-pint plastic containers of
isopropanol rubbing alcohol, a flammable liquid, to UPS for
transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort
facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

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

Bindley Western 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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