Pittsburgh Company and Two Officials Charged With Illegal Hazmat Shipments
On November 29, 2011, Field Environmental Instruments, Inc., (FEI), Walter Caldwell, and Anthony Morgavo were indicted in U.S. District Court, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the illegal transport of hazardous materials. Mr. Caldwell, Mr. Morgavo, and FEI were charged with willfully causing Federal Express to illicitly transport pressurized gas cylinders by air. Mr. Morgavo and Mr. Caldwell served as FEI shipping officials and allegedly failed to declare the shipment as hazardous materials as required by DOT regulations.
FEI rented environmental testing equipment to customers for use on construction sites and in other environmental testing businesses. The investigation determined that FEI used Federal Express and United Parcel Service to ship the equipment and the regulated gas cylinders throughout the country. FEI regularly shipped compressed hydrogen, isobutene, methane, and other gases for use in environmental testing and construction practices. More than 2,500 alleged illegal shipments were identified. The shipments consisted of gas cylinders ranging from 17 liters to 68 liters in size, with pressure ratings of 1,800 psi.
The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration assisted with the investigation.
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