CEO of Rayonier to speak in Port Angeles on cleanup efforts

If you are concerned about the Rayonier toxic cleanup, you may want to go to this opportunity to speak to the head of the company.

MEETING: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 7:15 AM at the PA Business Association locationThe PABA meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 at Joshua’s Restaurant on Highway 101 and Del Guzzi Drive.  Meetings are open to the public and guests are encouraged to attend.  There is a $2.16 minimum charge for those who do not order from the menu.

The Port Angeles Business Association welcomes Mr. Lee M. Thomas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rayonier Inc., since March of 2007, his Chairman’s title was added on July 1, 2007.  Mr. Thomas joined Rayonier as a member of the Board of Directors in June 2006. Previously, Lee was President and Chief Operating Officer of Georgia-Pacific from 2002 until his retirement in 2005. Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific in 1993, he was Chairman of Law Companies Environmental Group Inc. from 1989-1993, and Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1985-1989. Lee also serves on the boards of Airgas Inc., the Regal Entertainment Group, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the World Resource Institute. He is a graduate of the University of the South, and the University of South Carolina Graduate School of Education.

Following Mr. Thomas’ presentation we will hear briefly from the following organizations and entities:

Rebecca Lawson, Regional Manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology-Toxics Cleanup Program will present an update on the status of the most recent study set to determine the extent of dioxin contamination of the former Rayonier Pulp Mill site.

Honorable Frances Charles, Chairwoman of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Matt Beirne, Environmental Coordinator for the Lower Elwha Tribe will give a brief update on the current standing of the Lower Elwha Tribe’s position in the former Rayonier Pulp Mill site clean-up, it’s redevelopment, and their participation in the process.

Mr. Jeff Lincoln, Executive Director for the Harbor Works Public Development Authority will also be in attendance.

A guided tour of the former Rayonier Pulp Mill Property may be offered at this meeting for later in the day, the time TBD.

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