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05/03/2021

DOT Raises Hazmat Penalties for Second Time in 2021

For the second time this year, US DOT has increased the maximum and minimum civil penalties for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). 

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02/03/2020

FAA Issues $120K Fine Against Multinational Hazmat Shipping Provider

A household name for shipping services was issued a $120,000 civil penalty by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for allegedly violating hazardous materials regulations. FAA alleges that the shipping company knowingly offered a shipment containing improperly packaged lithium batteries for transportation by air on Nov. 15, 2018.  

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08/26/2019

FAA Declares MacBooks with Defective Batteries Won’t Fly on US Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned some 15-inch MacBook Pros from US flights due to concerns over faulty lithium batteries.  

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05/20/2019

DOT to Form Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee

US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced last week the formation of a new Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee.

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04/24/2019

FAA Approves First US Drone Delivery Company

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Wing Aviation LLC as the first delivery drone operator in the US by certifying the Alphabet-owned company as a commercial airline. They will soon be able to deliver goods via drone to communities in Virginia.

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01/15/2019

DOT Hazmat Inspections Continue Under Shutdown

Hazmat safety inspections are continuing through the current partial government shutdown. Despite a lapse in funding, both PHMSA and FAA staff remain on the job to inspect shipping facilities, carriers, cylinder re-conditioners, and packaging testers as the shutdown stretches on.

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10/01/2018

FAA Releases Updated Enforcement Guide for Inspectors

On September 18, 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an updated National Policy to “set forth policies and procedures relevant to FAA’s compliance and enforcement program,” including enforcement of hazardous materials violations.  

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07/19/2018

Undeclared Lithium Batteries Result in $160,500 FAA Hazmat Fine

US FAA issued a six-figure fine for a Hong Kong company that allegedly shipped lithium batteries, undeclared, by air. Besides failing to properly classify, name, package, mark, label or document the shipment, the company also did not provide requried hazmat training for employees, according to FAA. 

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12/11/2017

Lithium Battery Shipper to Pay $1.1M for Alleged Hazmat Violations

For allegedly shipping 24-volt lithium-ion batteries that did not conform to UN test standards or US Hazardous Materials Regulations requirements, a Florida lithium battery manufacturer now faces a $1,100,000 fine from US FAA.   

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12/04/2017

Airlines Crack Down on Lithium Battery Powered Luggage

Frequent flyers take note! Delta and American Airlines made announcements last week that you should be aware of. These airlines will no longer allow passengers to check “smart baggage” with non-removable lithium batteries. Lithium batteries pose unique fire hazards in transport—as dangerous goods professionals know all too well.   

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