The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA
) is proposing civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $97,500 against 12 companies for alleged violations of DoT Hazardous Materials Regulations. The cases include a $91,000 fine against Boston Scientific of Natick, MA for allegedly offering a fiberboard box containing medical-grade silicone fluid, a flammable liquid, to DHL for transportation by air from Alajuela, Costa Rica. Federal Express was hit with a $65.000 fine for allegedly accepting a fiberboard box containing an unspecified toxic, corrosive liquid classified as a poison, for transportation by air from Oxford, AL to Chino, CA. In all instances, the companies allegedly offered the hazardous material for transportation (or, in the case of Federal Express, accepted it) when it was not packaged, marked, classed, described, labeled or in condition for shipment as required by regulations.