Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced that it has issued a cease and desist order to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for persistent actions of TSA's senior management of exposing federal air marshals to dangerous lead levels at contracted gun ranges.
As reported in the Seattle Times, for several years federal air marshals were exposed to excessive and unsafe lead levels at the ranges where FAMS Management had mandated they perform firearms qualifications. These affected employees were never notified of their potential exposure or given the opportunity for medical evaluation, and they potentially continue to train at firearms ranges that are not cleared and deemed by OSHA as safe for lead levels.
"Ironically, FAMS Director Roderick Allison was quoted saying the following, 'As we work to uphold the high standards required to ensure the safety of passengers, measures are in place to safeguard the well-being of our employees,'" FLEOA Federal Air Marshal Agency President Frank Terreri stated. "Yet, Director Allison has ignored FLEOAs request regarding unsafe lead levels, neglected to notify affected employees putting them and their families, who also were potentially harmed due to lead transfer, in a compromising position."
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (www.fleoa.org) is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 federal law enforcement officers from over 65 agencies.