Amazon Facing $91,000 FAA Penalty for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations

The FAA alleges that Amazon offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to FedEx that was found leaking

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January 17, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $91,000 civil penalty against Amazon.com, Inc. for allegedly violating federal hazardous materials regulations.

According to the FAA, Amazon offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to FedEx for air transportation from Hebron, Kentucky to Marshall, Minnesota on May 7, 2016.

The agency alleges that the shipment contained one 2.5 gallon plastic container of toxic Clear Diesel Fuel and Tank Cleaner, Concentrated Formula.

Employees at FedEx's sort facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota discovered that the shipment was leaking.

The FAA further alleges that the shipment was not accompanied by a shipper's declaration for dangerous goods; was not properly marked, labeled or packaged; and was not in the proper condition for transportation.

The FAA also says that Amazon did not provide emergency response information with the shipment and failed to ensure its employees had received required hazardous materials training.

Since 2013, the FAA has assessed 22 civil penalties against Amazon totaling more than $1.4 million.

The FAA says that Amazon has been in communication with the agency about this case.

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