January 2020 Chapter Meeting


January 07, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Country Gentleman
9221 W Clearwater Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336
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January 07, 2020

Your PMI CRB Chapter Board is pleased to continue its efforts for the 2019/20 Program Year to enhance and provide value to the membership by offering Monthly Chapter Meetings & Education Sessions. 


5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Networking and Social Time
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Dinner
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. In Case of Emergency: Environmental Law in an Extraordinary Crisis"  presented by Raymond Takashi Swenson 


Raymond Takashi Swenson, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired), recently retired as Senior Counsel for the CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company specializing in environmental and natural resource issues for cleanup of nuclear reactors and plutonium extraction facilities at the Hanford Site.  Ray previously worked at CH2M Washington Group Idaho, LLC, and Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC, on the cleanup of nuclear reactors and buried plutonium-contaminated waste at the Idaho National Laboratory.  His 22 years in the DOE Complex began with work as Environmental Counsel for Bechtel Hanford Inc.  

Ray started his career with two years as a non-profit organization volunteer in Japan, then earned his BA in Mathematics from the University of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and was commissioned through AFROTC.  He created software for the NORAD Space Defense Center for tracking Soviet spy satellites, then was awarded a JAG Corps scholarship for the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law. 

Ray practiced law in Washington, DC, representing the Pentagon and Air Force Systems Command in labor and employment law hearings.  He served as Chief of Military Justice for Fifth Air Force, Tokyo, Japan, prosecuting cases and advising the Commander of US Forces Japan on his decisions as General Court Martial Convening Authority over five bases in Japan and Korea.  Ray earned a Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law from George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he worked with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (which oversees NEPA compliance by Federal agencies) and the Air Force Deputy General Counsel for Installations and Environment.  

Ray served as Chief of Environmental Law for Strategic Air Command, which had 25 bases and 100,000 personnel, advising on the deployment of the B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit bombers and the placement of MX/Peacekeeper ICBMs in former Minuteman III launch silos in Wyoming.  Ray served as Air Force Regional Counsel for the Western US, based in San Francisco, negotiating a dozen CERCLA Federal Facility Agreements for military base cleanups with EPA Regions 9 and 10 and the states of California, Arizona, Washington and the Territory of Guam. 

After military retirement, Ray was Of Counsel with the Utah office of the Philadelphia law firm, Ballard Spahr, representing Superfund site owners in negotiations with EPA and the State of Utah.  He negotiated the transfer of Mare Island Naval Shipyard to the City of Vallejo, California, and of the Tooele Army Depot to the City of Tooele, Utah.  He is licensed to practice law in Washington, California and Utah. 

Ray is on the adjunct faculty for Washington State University, with students in Pullman, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities.  He previously taught for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College of California, Utah Valley University, and University of Idaho.



As always, a No Host Bar will be available during the Networking.

IMPORTANT - please note that based on the number of walk-ins we may not be able to accommodate a dinner plate, we strongly encourage our participants to use the online registration system.

VENUE - CG Public House and Catering (former Country Gentlemen)

REGISTRATION -  required by midnight on Sunday immediately preceding the Tuesday meeting.

CANCELLATIONS - please check our Cancelations & Refunds policy. 


$20.00 Dinner Ticket - Member

$25.00 Dinner Ticket - Guest