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USA: Battery association challenges FAA study

The Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) has challenged the Federal Aviation Administration’s September study detailing the risk of transporting lithium batteries by air. Dismissing the research as “flawed,” the PRBA expressed concern about the FAA’s methodology, data and conclusions.

PRBA officials laid out their opposition to the study in a letter to Dr. Katherine Rooney, secretary of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Dangerous Goods Panel.

A key area of concern, the association explained to Rooney, involves the FAA’s conclusion that batteries contributed to two aircraft incidents simply because they were on board. What’s more, the PRBA wrote, the FAA “developed its risk model from this assumption.”
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