Energy Appropriator Asks Argonne to Help Boeing Resolve Dreamliner

      Energy Appropriator Asks Argonne to Help Boeing Resolve Dreamliner

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah
(D-PA), a Senior Democratic Appropriator on the Energy and Water Subcommittee
of the House Appropriations Committee,  is calling on the Argonne National
Laboratory to provide its expertise to the Federal Aviation Administration and
Boeing to help resolve mechanical problems that have forced FAA officials to
ground Boeing's 787 Dreamliner fleet.

In a letter to Argonne Director, Eric Isaacs, Fattah asks the Illinois based
national laboratory - a leader in lithium battery technology - to lend its
expert knowledge to Boeing as the company works with the FAA to address the
technical problems related to the Dreamliner's lithium battery leakage.

"Given Argonne National Laboratory's focus on battery research and
development, I am asking that Argonne personnel lend their expertise to Boeing
as the company works with the FAA," Fattah said in his letter.

On Thursday, in a letter to Administrator Charles Bolden, Fattah who is the
lead Democratic Appropriator for NASA, has also called on the space agency to
provide the expertise of its scientists and engineers to help Boeing get to
the bottom of the Dreamliner's  battery problem.

Below is the full text of Congressman Fattah's letter to Argonne:

January 18, 2013

Eric D. Isaacs
Director
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439

Dear Director Isaacs,

The United States has always led the world in energy related innovation.
Argonne has been a key force behind many of the nation's energy based
engineering achievements. As you know, Boeing has recently faced challenges
with its much anticipated Dreamliner. The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) along with authorities in Japan and Europe have grounded the plane
because of technical problems related to its lithium battery. The FAA is
currently working with Boeing to develop a plan to address these problems.

I have visited Argonne and witnessed the leading model for battery research
and design taking place there. This is exactly the type of cutting edge
research that I have seen in many of the National Laboratories I have visited
over the past year. As a co-chair of the House Science and National Labs
Caucus it is this type of innovative technology that I will highlight to my
colleagues as we focus our attention on strengthening support for federal
investment in research and national laboratories.

Given Argonne National Laboratory's focus on battery research and development,
I am asking that Argonne personnel lend their expertise to Boeing as the
company works with the FAA. I have visited the Boeing plant in Washington and
witnessed first-hand the skill and dedication that the Boeing Team brings to
every project. I am confident that with your leadership we can help maintain
the longstanding reputation of our aviation industry and maintain the growth
and sustainability of the associated industries.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this request. Please let me know
about follow-up and any additional questions you may have.

Very truly yours,

Chaka Fattah
Member of Congress

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

Website: http://fattah.house.gov/
Contact: Debra Anderson, debra.anderson@mail.house.gov, +1-202-225-5402
 
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