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Retail giant Amazon faces HazMat fine over paint shipment

Online mega-retailer Amazon is facing a fine from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after its shipping centre in Las Vegas allegedly shipped paint that leaked through its box.


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February 13, 2014 by Hazmat Management

Online mega-retailer Amazon is facing a fine from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after its shipping centre in Las Vegas allegedly shipped paint that leaked through its box.

The FAA alleges that on August 29, 2013, Amazon Fulfillment Services shipped a quart of high-gloss enamel paint on a FedEx Corp. aircraft from Lexington, Kentucky, to Corpus Christi, Texas. If true, the shipment would have been in violation of U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

The FAA is proposing a fine of $78,000.

The box also contained no hazardous material inner packing, such as inserts or absorbent materials.

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