The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers' Club for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2005. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Ms. Mueller opened the meeting and welcomed the group.


The RAB recommended two changes to the January minutes: During the January meeting, the RAB had a lengthy discussion related to the scheduling and funding of cleanups. In particular, the RAB expressed concern that the cleanup of Naval Station sites has not progressed at a rate that the RAB expected while funds expended were higher than expected.

Some RAB members expressed their preference that the Navy focus cleanup efforts and funding on one or two of the cleanup sites and complete those sites instead of working on several sites simultaneously. They were concerned that restoration of the cleanup sites will not be achieved if there is reduced funding in the "out" years.


Gould Island Plan for Remedial Investigation Mr. Steve Parker of TetraTech NUS Inc. presented the Gould Island plan for remedial investigation. The full presentation is provided as enclosure (2). Building 32 on Gould Island was identified as an Installation Restoration "Study Area" in 1986; a removal action was conducted in 1992; building demolition was completed in 2002; and PCBs were removed in 2003. A study area screening evaluation (SASE), completed in 2000, identified contaminants in soil and groundwater and the "Study Area" was identified as a new "Site." Therefore, a remedial investigation is planned that will determine nature and extent of contamination, risk, and information needed to design cleanup. The components of the remedial investigation work plan include soil, sediment, groundwater, and biota sampling as well as ecological and human health risk evaluations. The results of remedial investigation will be used to develop a feasibility study.

Some RAB members recommended that the Navy contact the Army Corps to coordinate the cleanup work at Gould Island. They were concerned that contamination from the non-Navy portion of Gould Island will impact the cleanup on the Navy portion of the Island. The members suggested that there might be an economy of scale achieved if cleanup, by both parties (i.e. Navy and Army Corps), occurred simultaneously. Ms. Kymberlee Keckler (US EPA) pointed out that, because the Navy and Army Corps each must use their own contract processes, and because the Navy and Army Corps prioritize projects independently, it would be unrealistic to expect that the Navy and the Army could perform their clean-ups on Gould Island at the same time and with the same contract. Additionally, Mr. Parker pointed out that, because of the island topography, it is very unlikely that there would be any impact on the onshore portion of the Navy site from the Army sites.

A schedule was discussed; fieldwork is tentatively scheduled for an eight-week period during months of May and June (2005) and a draft remedial investigation report would likely be available by the end of the year. Data may be ready for presentation to the RAB before the end of the year.

Dr. Brown mentioned an article authored by Mr. Anthony Nicolosi, the former Director of the Naval War College Museum on Coasters harbor Island. The article was published in the Newport Historical Society's fall issue of Newport History (Volume 73, Number 251). The article is entitled "Torpedo Range" Island: Gould Island, Narragansett Bay in the Second World War. It is included as enclosure (3). Copies of the fall issue with the article can be obtained from the Newport Historical Society (www.newporthistorical.org).


Education Committee

The Committee Chair was not present; there was no report.

Membership Committee

The Committee Chair was not present; there was no report.

Nominating Committee

There is no Committee Chair; there was no report.

Planning Committee

The Committee Chair was not present; there was no report.

Project Committee

The Committee Chair provided articles on the LNG proposal for Rhode Island and a cleanup project for the Woonasquatucket River. These articles are provided as enclosure (4).

Public Information Committee

There is no Committee Chair; there was no report.

Rules Committee

The Committee Chair had no new information to report.


RAB Rule The Department of Defense (DoD) has proposed regulations governing Restoration Advisory Boards (RABs) that address the scope, characteristics, composition, funding, establishment, operation, adjournment, and dissolution of RABs. The proposed regulations are based on DoD's current policies for reestablishing and operating RABs, as well as DoD's experience over the past ten years in using RABs. Comments are due by March 29, 2005. The proposed rule is provided as enclosure (5).

Meeting Schedule Meetings were scheduled for 16 March, 18 May, 20 July, and 21 September. The 21 September meeting will include a boat tour of the cleanup sites.

Elections - Mr. Marques, Jr. was re-elected as Community Co- Chair.

Other Senator Chaffee may visit the installation restoration sites at Naval Station Newport.

Ms. Keckler reported that the Aquidneck Island Citizen's Advisory Board's Technical Assistance Grant was about to expire and that they had no plans to reapply for the grant.

The latest update for Rhode Island from the Army Corps of Engineers is provided as enclosure (6).


The next meeting of the RAB will be on March 16, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. The group will meet at the Officers' Club.

(1) Attendance List
(2) Gould Island Plan for Remedial Investigation
(3) "Torpedo Range" Island: Gould Island, Narragansett Bay in the Second World War.
(4) LNG: Bad for the Bay; Rhode Island's Urban Rivers Coming Back to Life
(5) Proposed RAB Rule
(6) USACE Update of January 2005 for Rhode Island (1,073 Kb)

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