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February 8, 2002

FAA Proposes $63,000 Penalty Against Ecolab for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration, Southern Region, has
proposed to assess a $63,000 civil penalty against Ecolab, Inc. of
Huntington, Indiana, for allegedly violating Department of
Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

FAA alleges that on or about July 8, 1999, Ecolab, Inc. improperly
offered a fiberboard box containing a five-gallon metal container
of "Huntington Classic 62" paint, a flammable liquid, to UPS for
transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the UPS sort
facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered the shipment leaking.

Ecolab, Inc. offered the hazardous material for transportation
when it was not packaged, labeled, marked, classed, described,
documented, or in condition for shipment as required by
regulations. Ecolab, 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.

Ecolab, 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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