Commissioner Colleen McAleer to testify before Senate Committee

Port Commissioner Receives Invitation to Testify before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Colleen McAleer has been invited to testify on carbon fiber recycling and energy workforce development before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday, June 9, in Washington, DC. The invitation was given by the office of Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Committee is conducting this hearing to receive testimony on legislation concerning energy accountability and reform. The invitation was given at the request of Senator Maria Cantwell, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.


Of the 42 initiatives under consideration during this hearing, several focus on supporting advanced technology and improving productivity and energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector. Commissioner McAleer will give testimony specifically concerning Senate Bills 1304 and 1432. S.1304 addresses the development of a skilled 21st century energy workforce. S. 1432 would require the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the technology, potential lifecycle energy savings and economic impact of recycled carbon fiber.


“The development of composite manufacturing in Clallam County under the auspices of the Port of Port Angeles has gained the attention of both federal and state agencies,” said Commissioner McAleer. “Our county is increasingly recognized as a leader in this industry sector, especially with the development of the Composites Recycling Technology Center (CRTC). I am delighted to have the opportunity to testify before the Senate energy committee as to the importance of recycled composite fiber and let them know that we are well on the way to providing this crucial service to the advanced manufacturing industry.”


Some of the points Commissioner McAleer will touch on include the importance of manufacturing, recycling and innovation in carbon fiber composites, partnerships and tech transfers that the Port has been engaged in, the need for partnerships in education and investments in developing a skilled workforce, international markets, and exports.


Upon her return, Commissioner McAleer will give a full report of her experience at the following Port Commissioners meeting. These bi-weekly meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Port’s meeting room, and are open to the public. The text of her testimony will be published in the upcoming issue of the Port Pilot.


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  1. Michael Gentry

    I find it fascinating that after decades of “good Ole boys” of the Port of P.A. culture slogging along with attitudes bent on maintaining the status quo of old time resource extraction businesses, that make no real money and are environmentally backwards, a women’s leadership finally brings us into the 21st century. Congratulations Maria and Colleen! Well done! Step aside boys.

  2. Nadia Seymour

    It would be very helpful for the local leadership, and local residents to understand that Clallam County and the Port of Port Angeles are not the only entities interested in this industry.

    As one might imagine, the economic development groups in the counties near Boeings’ manufacturing facilities are also aware of the possibilities Ms. McAleer speaks of, and already have programs training future employees, and are moving forward with their own proposals.

    Self serving press releases are interesting, but facing reality is also important.


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