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July 17, 2001

FAA Proposes $72,000 Fine Against Deere & Company for Hazmat Violations

CHICAGO (November 26, 2001) The Federal Aviation
Administration has proposed to assess a $72,000 civil penalty
against Deere & Company, of Moline, Illinois, for allegedly
violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials

The FAA alleges that Deere & Company offered to UPS for
transportation by air a carton that contained a portable welder with
a wet, non-spillable electric storage battery. A wet, non-spillable
battery is considered a hazardous material.

The shipment was flown to Richmond, Virginia, from Denver,
Colorado, with a stopover in Louisville, Kentucky. The flights took
place on February 26 and 27, 2001. In Richmond, the shipment
was transferred by ground to the UPS sort facility in
Charlottesville, Virginia. Enroute, the UPS driver observed smoke
coming from the truck's trailer. A fire was quickly extinguished.

FAA alleged that Deere & Company offered the shipment of
hazardous material when it was not properly classed, described,
packaged, labeled, marked or in the condition for shipment as
required by the regulations. In addition, Deere & Company failed
to make emergency response information immediately available.

Deere & Company has 30 days to respond to the FAA civil
penalty notice. This announcement is made in accordance with the
FAA's practice of releasing information to the public on newly
issued enforcement actions involving penalties equal to or greater
than $50,000.





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