Jan. 18, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman
(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
In a letter to Argonne Director,
, Fattah asks the
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
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
, 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
Below is the full text of Congressman Fattah's letter to Argonne:
January 18, 2013
Eric D. Isaacs
DirectorArgonne National Laboratory9700 S. Cass AvenueArgonne, 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
. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) along with authorities in
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.