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August 4, 2000

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FAA Proposes $54,000 Penalty Against French Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $54,000 civil penalty against Delta Manlift S.A.S. of Tonneins, France, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations. FAA alleges that Delta Manlift improperly offered a wooden box containing five battery cells, which are corrosive, for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the Federal Express sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking. Delta Manlift 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.

Delta Manlift 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. Delta Manlift 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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