announced a settlement agreement Monday with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) agreeing to pay a $3.5-million fine for failing to comply with the agency's aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) regulations.
The settlement covers New York's Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA) and New Jersey's Newark Liberty International (EWR) airports. The violations were discovered during annual certification safety inspections conducted at the airports in December 2011. ARFF training violations were discovered were discovered at all PANYNJ airports with the exception of Newark.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called the violations "egregious" in a statement released by FAA.
In addition to the fine, PANYNJ will create a dedicated ARFF force, hire an ARFF fire chief, submit an ARFF curriculum for training to FAA and amend all airport certification manuals to meet FAA standards. The Port Authority will also be required to conduct monthly internal audits of ARFF training and shift assignments.
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