RAB MEETING MINUTES
NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
CALL TO ORDER
The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers' Club for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2006. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.
Mr. Manual Marques, Jr. opened the meeting and welcomed the group.
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
The minutes from the November meeting were approved.
LONG TERM MONITORING AND LANDFILL OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FOR THE MCALLISTER POINT LANDFILL
Mr. Rob Tess presented the 2005 monitoring results for the McAllister Point Landfill (see enclosure (2)). Gas monitoring of the landfill indicates that methane and total hydrocarbon concentrations have decreased over time; groundwater monitoring indicates the presence of eight of 21 metals, one VOC (volatile organic compound) and one SVOC (semi-volatile organic compound). Recent annual and maintenance inspections of the landfill identified a few minor eroded areas that were repaired. Near- and off-shore sediment, water, and tissue samples were collected for chemical analysis and for toxicity testing in October 2004. Preliminary information does not indicate anything of significance with the exception of the presence of nickel and copper at elevated concentrations.
THE GOULD ISLAND REMEDIAL INVESTIGATION Mr. Steve Parker presented results of the remedial investigation that was completed during the summer of 2005. The full presentation is included as enclosure (3). Borings, test pits, and monitoring wells were installed; surface soil, subsurface soil, groundwater, sediment and biota were collected. The investigation identified risks to ecological receptors, excavation workers, trespassers, and shell-fishermen from exposure to soil, intertidal sediment, subtidal sediment, and shellfish. No risks were associated with exposures to groundwater, surface water, or air.
The Lost Radeau - The story of the sinking, discovery, and underwater archaeological study of the 1758 Land Tortoise radeau warship is available on DVD. The warship was lost for more than two centuries. The warship is intact and lying in 107 ft. of water in Lake George, New York. It is a unique British warship that is a well-preserved icon of the French and Indian War. It was built by American shipwrights and is likely the oldest intact warship in North America.
Elections - Dr. Kathy Abbass was elected by the RAB to serve as the Community Co-Chair. Dr. Abbass will replace Mr. Manual Marques, Jr. who has served as the Community Co-Chair since 2004.
Presentation for the Portsmouth Rotary - The RAB decided that Ms. Mueller and Dr. Abbass will present information on the RAB and the Navy IR Program to the Portsmouth Rotary on 28 March.
Article written by Mr. Keith W. Stokes in the 14-15 January edition of the Newport Daily News - Ms. Weissinger wanted to be sure that the RAB members had an opportunity to read the article authored by Mr. Stokes. It is included as enclosure (4).
Meeting Announcement for the Newport Daily News - Ms. Mueller provided the second draft of the newspaper advertisement. The RAB agreed to use the ad in place of the existing ad to announce the next meeting. A copy is provided as enclosure (5).
Membership Committee - Mr. Thurston Gray reported that we currently have 13 community members; 9 were present.
The next meeting of the RAB will be on March 15, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.
Enclosures:(1) Attendance List
(2) McAllister Point Long Term Monitoring and Landfill Operations and Maintenance
(3) Gould Island Remedial Investigation
(4) Chamber Chat State Will Gain, Not Lose, From BRAC (185Kb)
(5) Sample Newspaper Ad