CNF Inc. said today that its Emery Worldwide Airlines unit (EWA), which ceased operations in 2001, has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve an investigation into violations of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, which regulates the shipment of hazardous materials.
In a U.S. District Court proceeding today in Dayton, Ohio, the company entered a guilty plea to 12 counts, agreed to pay a $6 million fine, and agreed to begin a compliance program to cover future shipments. In a separate but related issue, EWA also agreed to pay a civil penalty of $500,000 to the Federal Aviation Administration to resolve a parallel enforcement matter. EWA had previously remedied its faulty procedures that were of concern to the government.
The resolution reached with the government concludes an investigation that began in 1999 and covered events during the period between 1998 and mid-1999. The government concluded that the company had failed to address in a timely manner issues relating to compliance with provisions of the Act. EWA had cooperated with the government throughout its investigation.
CNF (NYSE:CNF) is a $4.8 billion management company of global supply chain services with businesses in regional trucking, airfreight, ocean freight, customs brokerage, global logistics management and trailer manufacturing.
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