For Immediate Release: April 15, 2005
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The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that Teledyne Energy Systems Inc. (TES), Hunt Valley , Maryland , has agreed to pay a $16,500 civil penalty to settle charges that it exported power plant technical data to an organization in India in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charged that, on three occasions in 1999 and 2000, TES exported technical information on proposed power plants, items subject to the EAR, from the United States to Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) in New Delhi , India , without the required Commerce Department export licenses. At the time of the export BHEL was listed on BIS’s Entity List, which is a compilation of end-users who have been determined to present an unacceptable risk of diversion to programs for the development of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery.
TES voluntarily self-disclosed the violations and cooperated fully in the investigation. BIS considers voluntary self-disclosures (VSDs) to be a significant mitigating factor when negotiating settlements of administrative cases. To encourage VSDs, fines and other administrative penalties may be significantly reduced in appropriate cases where BIS became aware of the violations as a result of a VSD.
Acting Assistant Secretary Wendy L. Wysong commended BIS’s Office of Export Enforcement, Washington Field Office, for its work in this investigation.