FAA Proposes $350,000 Penalty Against Amazon for Hazardous Materials Violation

Amazon has a history of violating hazardous materials regulations

FAA Proposes $350,000 Penalty Against Amazon for Hazardous Materials Violation
June 13, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $350,000 civil penalty against Amazon.com for allegedly violating federal hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on October 15, 2014, Amazon offered a package for shipment by air from Louisville, Kentucky to Boulder, Colorado. The package contained a one-gallon container of "Amazing! LIQUID FIRE," a corrosive drain cleaner.

While being transported, some of the Liquid Fire leaked through the fiberboard box. Nine UPS employees who came into contact with the box reported feeling a burning sensation and were treated with a chemical wash.

The FAA alleges that the shipment was not properly packaged, was not accompanied by a Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods and was not properly marked or labeled to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents.

Furthermore, the FAA alleges that Amazon failed to provide emergency response information with the package, and that Amazon employees who handled the package had not received required hazardous materials training.

The FAA points out that Amazon has a history of violating hazardous materials regulations. From February 2013 to September 2015 alone, Amazon was found to have violated hazardous materials regulations 24 other times. The FAA says that it is continuing to investigate Amazon's compliance with the regulations applicable to air transportation.

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