Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Hazardous Materials Shipping Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a $175,000 civil penalty against MIT for alleged violations of Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations. The FAA alleged that MIT submitted a package containing lithium batteries to FedEx for transportation by air from Cambridge to Seattle in August 2009. The package, which caught fire at a FedEx sorting facility, was not properly labeled and marked as containing hazardous materials. In addition, the FAA alleged that MIT employees were not properly trained and tested to handle hazardous materials.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of FAA Notice
Contractors Involved Penalty
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology $175,000
Further Information Released
FAA Press Release 9/15/2011
Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty 9/15/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database