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August 4, 2000

Contact: Kathleen Bergen Phone: 404-305-5100

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

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $52,500 civil penalty against Heritage Environmental Services, LLC of Indianapolis, Ind., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Heritage improperly shipped a fiberboard box containing 12 five-ounce glass jars containing mineral spirits, a flammable liquid, on a United Parcel Service cargo flight. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking. Heritage 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.

Heritage 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. Heritage 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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