Up Close for 5/19/24: FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh and George Stephanopoulos from ABC News

ByEyewitness News and Bill Ritter WABC logo
Monday, May 20, 2024
Up Close 5/19/24: Cracking down on lithium-ion batteries
FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh joins us to discuss the crackdown on lithium-ion batteries, plus George Stephanopoulos previews his new book.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The federal government is finally beginning to crack down on dangerous and deadly lithium-ion batteries.

The House passed a bill to outlaw those batteries that are unsafe.

The most vocal push for this legislation came from FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh.

18 New Yonkers died in fires caused by lithium-ion batteries in 2023. They're the third leading cause of fires in the five boroughs.

150 others were injured.

Commissioner Kavanagh is our guest.

And it's called the situation room for good reason.

In the basement of the White House is where you will often find presidents when they are dealing with a crisis.

So what exactly happens there and how does it work?

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, who once served in the White House, joins us to discuss his fascinating new book about what happens down there.

Up Close airs Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. on Channel 7, WABC-TV in New York City.


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