Four fines for violation of hazmat regulations
The USA’s federal aviation administration is proposing to fine four companies for allegedly violating hazardous materials regulations. The first company - British Airways- is said to have requested American Airlines to carry a cardboard box containing a chemical oxygen generator aboard a passenger aircraft from London (UK) to Dallas/Fort Worth TX (USA) on 4 August 2012. Oxygen generators are extremely flammable and are forbidden as cargo aboard passenger aircraft. The proposed penalty for this will be USD 195,000.
In each of the other cases dating back to July 2013 and March 2014, the shipments were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of their contents and were not marked, labelled or packed in accordance with the hazmat regulations. The penalties for the US firms range from USD 63,000 for Mattoon Rural King Supply Inc of Mattoon IL, and MidContinental Chemical Company Inc of Olathe KS, and its subsidiary, MCC Chemical Services of Hammond LA, to USD 57,400 against Aeroplus Interiors Inc, based in Rosharon TX.