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December 28, 2000

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FAA Proposes $59,500 Penalty Against California Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $59,500 civil penalty against Botanical Concepts of Santa Clara, Calif., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that Botanical Concepts improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 12, 1.8-ounce glass bottles of flammable perfume to UPS for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Botanical Concepts offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not properly packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Botanical Concepts, also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make emergency response information immediately available for use at all times hazardous materials were present. Botanical Concepts 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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