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September 23, 2011
Contact: Ian Gregor
FAA Proposes $207,200 Civil Penalty Against J.R. Simplot Company
LOS ANGELES – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $207,200 civil penalty against J.R. Simplot Company of Boise, Idaho, for alleged violations of Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.
The FAA alleges Simplot offered a non-standard fiberboard box containing a five-gallon plastic jug of bactericide and fungicide to United Parcel Service (UPS) for transportation by air from Union Gap, Wash. to New Harmony, Utah, on Oct. 28, 2009.
According to U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, the mixture of hydrogen peroxide and peroxyacetic acids is classified as an oxidizer, which is a hazardous material.
The FAA alleges the package was not declared to contain hazardous materials and that the materials offered were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled and in proper condition for shipment under the hazardous materials regulations. Additionally, the agency alleges the quantity of liquid in the shipment exceeded the maximum amount that can be transported on a cargo aircraft.
Employees at UPS’s Ontario, Calif., sorting facility discovered the leaking package.
Simplot has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the Agency.
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