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Subject: Re: OT: BYD Date: 1/24/2013 10:23 PM
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warning- Leon has been discredited as a "whistle blower" former employee at Securaplane and his interview was "sensationalized" on CNBC.

I will not be flying on the Dreamliner even when it is cleared for service and I will not park any vehicle with lithium-ion batteries in my garage.

Michael Leon was a senior engineering technician at Securaplane in 2006 conducting tests for the charging units that work with the lithium-ion batteries in the Dreamliner. Leon says what happened one day is a scene he will never forget. "My BCU wasn't running and this lithium-ion battery just decided to explode," said Leon. "The magnitude of energy that came out of this battery I cannot quantify it. I ran out of there and armed myself with 30 pounds of Halon and I ran back into the inferno. By then all the walls were on fire."

Whistleblower Says Dreamliner Batteries Could ‘Explode’

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100406310

Like all alkali metals, lithium is highly reactive and flammable. For this reason, it is typically stored in mineral oil.

Tim
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