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December 13, 2002

FAA Proposes $60,000 Penalty Against California Company for Hazmat Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration,
Southern Region, has proposed to assess
a $60,000 civil penalty against Tate &
Partners of Santa Monica, CA, for
allegedly violating Department of
Transportation hazardous materials

The FAA alleges that on August 7, 2000,
Tate & Partners improperly offered a
fiberboard box containing numerous
small plastic, glass, metal and aerosol
containers holding a variety of paints,
adhesives, alcohols, markers, glues and
cements, butane gas and other flammable
liquids and gases to United Parcel
Service (UPS) for transportation by
air. Ground handling employees at the
UPS sort facility in Louisville, KY
discovered the shipment during a
document search conducted during cargo
sort operations.

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

Tate & Partners had 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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