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Active Bethel Community Earth Day Meeting: Focus on J.H. Baxter & Co.

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Petersen Barn, 870 Berntzen Rd, Eugene, OR 97402

Join the Active Bethel Community (ABC) Neighborhood Association for a special Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22nd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the Petersen Barn. This first in-person/hybrid meeting will focus on the J.H. Baxter & Co. facility in West Eugene, Oregon, which has been linked to dioxin contamination of residential properties. The facility ceased its wood treatment operations in January 2022.

Enjoy FREE pizza and ice cream cones, generously donated by Little Caesars and DARI MART, available while supplies last, as you engage in discussions about the health assessment report on J.H. Baxter and its implications for our community.

The agenda for this event includes:

Socializing over pizza and ice cream (1:00 PM)
Welcome and introduction of Sheriff Clifton Harrold (1:45 PM)
Health Assessment Report presentation on J.H. Baxter and discussion (2:00 PM)
Meeting cross-agency representatives working on J.H. Baxter-related issues (3:15 PM)
Mingle and meet session with agency representatives (3:45 PM)
Adjournment (4:00 PM)
LRAPA will be there, but other participating agencies include the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, City of Eugene, Lane County Public Health, and potentially Oregon State University.

Your attendance is crucial in demonstrating our community’s commitment to environmental preservation and addressing the issues related to J.H. Baxter & Co. We hope to see you there!


April 22
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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Petersen Barn Community Center
870 Berntzen Rd,
Eugene, OR 97402, OR 97402 United States
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(541) 682-5521
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