American Welding & Tank Fined for Flaws in Chemical Tanks
American Welding & Tank LLC was fined $3.88 million for manufacturing and selling flawed tanks designed to carry a hazardous farm chemical, anhydrous ammonia, the U.S. Transportation Department said.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sanctioned the Fremont, Ohio-based company after an investigation turned up “a clear pattern of AWT failing to manufacture, maintain, repair and sell” tanks that meet federal hazardous-materials standards, the agency said in an e-mailed statement today.
“When cargo-tank manufacturers are not living up to federal safety standards, we will take action,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.
American Welding & Tank has always met federal guidelines for its tanks and isn’t aware of any incidence of injury or property damage from a pinhole defect in the anhydrous ammonia tanks it manufactures, said Tom Becker, a company spokesman.
The company “will vigorously oppose any attempt by the Department of Transportation to impose a fine,” Becker said in an e-mailed statement.
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