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August 2, 2000 Contact: Kathleen Bergen Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

FAA Proposes $80,000 Penalty Against Roy F. Weston, Inc. for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $80,000 civil penalty against Roy F. Weston, Inc., of Edison, N.J. and West Chester, Penn., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Weston improperly shipped a fiberboard box containing a portable generator, containing approximately a half-gallon of gasoline, on a FedEx cargo flight. The generator and gasoline, a flammable liquid, are classified as hazardous materials. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Memphis, Tenn., discovered the shipment leaking fuel and emitting a strong odor. Weston offered the hazardous material for transportation when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Weston 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. Weston 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.

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