Opinion

Weyerhaeuser responds to lawsuit

To the Editor:


Your article in the Sept. 7 edition titled, "Homestead suit nears


court date," accurately reflected our policy of declining to comment on


pending litigation. Unfortunately, perhaps because we failed to join the Fioritos


in litigating our case in the press, your article includes substantial


inaccuracies. For the record:


• In response to local public concern about landslides and


reclamation problems pertaining to the Fiorito Bros.' mine site, Weyerhaeuser


Company entered into a lease with Fiorito Bros. in 1992 to help them


reclaim their Homestead site. The Fioritos assured both Weyerhaeuser


Company and King County that the reclamation would be completed by 1999.


They have not fulfilled their obligation.


• The term of the lease between Weyerhaeuser and Fiorito Bros.


expired on May 31, 1999. Weyerhaeuser offered to renew the lease if


Fiorito would complete reclamation within the next three years, but Fiorito Bros.


refused.


• Despite the fact that the lease expired, Fiorito Bros. has refused to


vacate the premises and, in fact, has continued to operate on


Weyerhaeuser property and remove material from Weyerhaeuser's property.


Accordingly, following notice to Fiorito, Weyerhaeuser commenced an


unlawful detainer action against Fiorito Bros., which will be tried


beginning Sept. 18, 2000.


• Weyerhaeuser has been advised that Fiorito Bros. has operated


without the required governmental permits, and that governmental


enforcement actions have been undertaken against Fiorito Bros. pertaining to their


operations.


• Weyerhaeuser Company requires all its leasees to fully comply with


the law. Government regulations, and public expectations, pertaining


to gravel operations have changed considerably in recent


years. Weyerhaeuser has implemented measures to insure that all our lessees


operate within the applicable rules and regulations in the future.


• Contrary to Fiorito Bros.' claims, the property previously leased


to Fiorito Bros. is not leased to Cadman Inc. and is not part of the


proposed North Bend Gravel Operation.


Thank you for providing the rest of the story.



Grant R. Newport


Manager, Weyerhaeuser Mineral Resources



(Editor's note: The Valley Record stands by the story, which


accurately depicted the Fioritos' concerns with the lawsuit. Since Weyerhauser


representatives would not comment, the Record was not able to publish


their remarks about the suit.)

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