Environmental advocate Stan Stephens to return to RCAC

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2001

VALDEZ (AP) -- Longtime environmental activist Stan Stephens will be returning to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council board.

The Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association board of directors last week unanimously approved Stephens' reappointment to the RCAC board as the group's representative.

Stephens had represented the tourism group on the RCAC board for 11 years, before resigning from the board last month. Stephens had served as president of the council's board for six years.

In stepping down, Stephens was critical of the RCAC, saying it needed to do a better job of managing its money, spending less on administration and more on projects to safeguard Prince William Sound. Stephens also was upset by the council's decision to demand an apology from the Coast Guard, after the agency raised questions about the group's spending.

Stephens said he had a change of heart and rescinded his resignation in a July 3 e-mail to RCAC board members.

''I am real concerned about RCAC,'' Stephens told the Valdez Vanguard. ''I feel like I left without a lot of things resolved.''

Stephens cited the resignation of four long-term employees in the past year, including Deputy Director Lynda Hyce.

''I am really worried about losing the longevity and the long-term knowledge and history that exists within RCAC,'' Stephens said. ''We have a lot of rebuilding to do.''

RCAC spokesman Stan Jones said Stephens could be reappointed at the board's next meeting, which will be held Sept 27-28 in Cordova.

The Regional Citizens Advisory Council is a nonprofit group created by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to promote environmentally save operation of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. terminal in Valdez and the tankers that use the terminal.

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