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December 14, 2001
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180

FAA Proposes $51,000 Penalty Against MSC/Industrial Supply for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $51,000 civil penalty against MSC/Industrial
Supply Co. of Mableton, Ga., for allegedly violating Department
of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that MSC/Industrial Supply Co. improperly offered
two fiberboard boxes containing four one-gallon cans of "WD-40,"
a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground
handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky.,
discovered the shipment leaking.

MSC/Industrial Supply Co. 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. MSC/Industrial Supply Co. also failed to
ensure that employees were trained to properly package and
handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all
times the required emergency response information.

MSC/Industrial Supply Co. 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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