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February 8, 2002

FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Cummins Engine Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess two $59,500 civil penalties against Cummins
Engine Company, Inc. of Columbus, Ind., for allegedly violating
Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that on or about July 15, 1999 and again on or about
November 15, 2001, Cummins Engine Company, Inc. improperly
offered fiberboard boxes containing machinery coated with diesel
fuel, a flammable liquid, to UPS for transportation by air. Ground
handling employees at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky.,
discovered the shipment leaking.

Cummins Engine Company, 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. Cummins Engine Company, 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.

Cummins Engine Company, 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.

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