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December 21, 2001

FAA Proposes $72,000 Penalty Against Alpa International for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $72,000 civil penalty against Alpa
International, Inc. of Miami, Fla., for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Alpa International, Inc improperly offered three
pallets containing 27 fiberboard boxes, each of which held 24
600-milliliter bottles of petroleum distillates, a flammable liquid, to
Lan Chile Cargo for transportation by air. Ground handling
employees at the Lan Chile Cargo sort facility in Miami, Fla.,
discovered the shipment while separating boxes for loading aboard
an aircraft.

Alpa International, Inc 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. Alpa International, Inc. 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.

Alpa International, Inc 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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