The Home Depot, Chemique, Inc. Facing Penalties for Alleged Hazardous Materials Violations
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed civil penalties of $96,000 against The Home Depot and $63,000 against Chemique, Inc. for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.
In both cases, the FAA alleges that shipments from the two companies were not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of their contents and were not marked, labeled or packaged in accordance with federal Hazardous Materials Regulations.
The FAA also alleges that the companies failed to provide emergency response information and that Chemique failed to ensure that its employees had received required hazardous materials training.
The Home Depot
The FAA alleges that on February 15, 2013, The Home Depot offered a shipment containing 58 two-quart containers of flammable charcoal lighter fluid and four lighter packs, each containing three flammable lighters, to UPS for air transport to Bloomington, Minnesota.
UPS employees at the company's sort facility in Louisville, Kentucky discovered that the shipment was leaking. One of the lighter fluid containers had leaked its entire contents.
The FAA alleges that on September 30, 2013, Chemique offered a shipment of six, 8-ounce containers of liquid rust remover and restoration cleaner to FedEx for transport by air to Milton, Florida. Both substances are corrosive poisons. FedEx employees discovered the shipment at the company's sort facility in Tampa, Florida.
Both The Home Depot and Chemique have asked to meet with the FAA to discuss their respective cases.