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About Ronald Slater


Ronald Arthur Slater would spend over 45 year in the field of Heavy Equipment. Besides flying helicopters when available, he would work on projects with heavy equipment from and in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, Washington state, and the Alaska pipeline of '74. Totaling union recorded time as well, he would accumulate over 40,000 hours in the seat, moving the earth.

He lists the following equipment where he has spent most of his life and career. TD18 Dozer, Hough H90 Loader, Cat 933,955,977, track loaders. T.S 24 Terex, Uklut Scrapper. Wapco Paddle 777, Scraper. Case 450 and 1150 Loader. Trojan 6000 Loader, Terex 15-yard loader. Cat 944, 966, 980, 988, and 992 15 yd rubber tired loaders. Cat 982 rubber-tired dozer. John Deere 450 and 550 finish dozer. John Deere and Cat, 430 rubber tired backhoe. Cat D-4, D-5, D-6, D-7, D-8, and D-9 ripper and push cat. Grove crane 50 Ton. Petibone crane, 35 ton. Cat 621, 631, 641, and 657B Scrapers. Gallon road grader. Cat 120, 140, 12G, 14G, and 16G road grader and finish blade. Peterbuilt, Kenworth and Mack trucks, truck and trailer pup, and lowboy.

After starting his own construction company in 1980 he would operate, run, and contract, all projects utilizing Hitachi, Cat, Komatsu, Kebelco, and Link-Belt track excavators all sizes to 110000 lbs, doing land development, clearing, demolition, foundations, excavations and underground utilities throughout Washington State. Before retirement from injuries in 2004, Ronald Slater carried glowing letters of references from several major northwest companies doing multi million dollar projects.

He holds three honorable discharges (totaling eight years) from the Navy, Army, and Washington Guard. He still holds a commercial and flight instructors rating in Rotorcraft helicopters and considers this F.A.A. License his greatest professional achievement.


Ronald Slater

Ronald Slater currently lives with his wife Edna of 51 years in the small town of Cle Elum, Washington, where he is retired and training everyday to ward off old age and keep cancer from re-appearing. He states that he owes everything to the United States Navy, Army, and Washington Guard. He requests from all of you that any and all children who have seen childhood abuse be encouraged to read his story and then hopefully realize that there is help for all of them, and a better tomorrow.  



Ronald Slater at winchester4440@ronaldslater.com


Whistleblower Superfund ‘99


This story is about screaming a warning so loud that all Americans will hear the truth about hazardous waste Superfund sites.


"We've got some real nasty-looking material here, Ron," Wilkins said, "and it's all over the place." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer


“One of the world's largest building and engineering firms treated a Superfund site at the Port of Seattle as a run-of-the-mill construction job, potentially endangering workers' health and the environment, according to state records and accounts provided by construction workers. “- Seattle Post-Intelligencer March 26, 2001


“The ruling against Washington Group International comes more than four years after a construction foreman reported to authorities that workers' health was endangered and pollution had been unleashed into Elliott Bay.” “- Seattle Post-Intelligencer August 18, 2004


Saving the river, but losing his job. Keeping the law, but ending his career.


This recently published book is a story screaming a warning so loud that all Americans everywhere, especially in Seattle, hear and heed the truth about hazardous waste Superfund sites and specifically Terminal 18. This is also a true story about my life as a boy stuck between hunger, neglect and abuse, and my career as an operating engineer, helicopter pilot and superintendent for heavy equipment and excavation. A career that eventually ended with a difficult choice, to stand on principal or jeopardize the lives of his crew and innocent people. This compelling autobiography of Ronald Slater is a story that needed to be told and is a must read for every citizen concerned with what our government is burying beneath our feet.



© 2008 Ronald Slater