Ken Gallant, Tom Griffin named Outstanding Environmental Managers

From left, MFPC President Ryan McAvoy, Ken Gallant, Scott Beal, and MFPC Executive Director Patrick Strauch.

In recognition of a distinguished careers dedicated to protecting Maine’s environment and leadership in advocating for a reasonable Pulp & Paper industry regulatory framework. An outstanding environmental manager must have integrity, credibility and honesty within our industry, but perhaps more importantly with those who regulate our industry, including governors, senators, congressional representatives, legislators and regulators. Our industry has benefitted immensely from their intellect, dedication and work ethic.

“Very recently — and almost back-to-back — we had two members of our group of environmental managers elect to retire,” said Scott Beal, environmental and security manager at Woodland Pulp. “Together, Tom Griffin of SAPPI and Ken Gallant of Pixelle had more than 80 years of experience and dedication to our industry and to  environmental compliance and protection.” 

Tom Griffin 

These gentlemen have been “work horses” for our industry, Beal said. They could always be counted on to contribute their experience, intellect and common sense to working with those who regulate our industry in the development of regulations that are science based and practical. 

“As complicated and aggressive as Maine’s environmental regulatory climate is, I shudder to contemplate what it would be today without their collective and sustained efforts over the years to promote good policy and to protect Maine’s environment,” Beal added.

“With the news of two their well-deserved retirements, MFPC would not let these gentlemen “go quietly.”

“It is my privilege to present the Council’s first awards for outstanding environmental managers to Ken Gallant and Tom Griffen,” Beal said.