FAA: Amazon.com and Rheem Manufacturing Violated Hazardous Materials Regulations

FAA: Amazon.com and Rheem Manufacturing Violated Hazardous Materials Regulations
February 20, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed civil penalties of $54,000 against Amazon.com and $96,800 against Rheem Manufacturing Co. for allegedly violating federal hazardous materials regulations.

Rheem Manufacturing

The FAA alleges that on June 26, 2014, a Rheem Manufacturing employee offered three undeclared shipments to FedEx containing a total of 19 metal cans of flammable paint for air transportation from Laredo, Texas to Heber, California. Two of the three packages leaked in transit.

The FAA says that the packages were not declared to contain hazardous materials and that the shipped materials were not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled and in proper condition for shipment under the hazardous materials regulations. Further, the agency alleges that Rheem did not provide emergency response information with the package and did not ensure that its employees had received required hazardous materials training.

Rheem Manufacturing has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.

Amazon.com

The FAA alleges that on February 5, 2013, Amazon offered a package to UPS containing a handgun cleaning kit for air transportation from Las Vegas to Pueblo, Colorado. The kit included a 2-ounce plastic container of flammable, corrosive liquid, which workers at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Kentucky discovered was leaking.

Investigators determined that the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the nature or quantity of the hazardous material. The FAA also alleges that the shipment was not marked, labeled or packaged in accordance with the hazardous materials regulations, and that Amazon did not provide required emergency response information.

Amazon has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.