The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Ms. Cornelia Mueller, the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group. Ms. Kymberlee Keckler, the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) RPM (Remedial Project Manager), introduced Ms. Ginny Lombardo, the new EPA RPM for the NUSC Disposal Area, McAllister Point Landfill (Onshore and Offshore), Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area, Carr Point, and the Melville Water Tower, and Mr. Mark DeSouza, the new EPA Community Involvement Coordinator (see enclosure (2)).


The minutes from the November meeting were approved with two changes. The RAB members requested the minutes indicate that the 2014 goal, set by the DOD for the completion of the cleanup program, would be difficult to meet, not just from a timeframe perspective but also financially, given the rate at which funding has been provided historically. Mr. James Colter, the Navy RPM, clarified that 2014 was (1) only a goal, and (2) was for achievement of a Remedy in Place (RIP). RIP is the completion of the construction of a long-term remedy and the operation of the remedy as planned to meet project remedial action objectives (or the successful implementation of a short-term remedy with final documentation in preparation).

Mr. Manny Marques, Jr. wanted the minutes modified to include his question on opportunities for members of the construction and general laborers’ union. Mr. Marques’ concern is that union members are not made aware of environmental cleanup projects and are not given the opportunity to bid on the work.


Work Plan for Site Investigation at the Carr Point Shooting Range

The 7-acre Carr Point Shooting Range site is being investigated under the Navy’s Munitions Response Program (MRP). The site includes a former shotgun shooting range, a drum storage area, fill area, and materials storage area. The shooting range was used between 1967 and 1989, the fill was placed sometime in the 1960s, and the storage areas were either used until just recently or are still in use. The contaminants expected include metals and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) from clay pigeons and stored oil and oil drums. Sediment, soil, and groundwater will be sampled during the summer of 2008. The presentation is enclosed (see enclosure (3)).

Work Plan for Deep Soil In Situ Chemical Oxidation at Former BLDG 70 Site at Greene Lane

The entire presentation is provided as enclosure (4)). The 2-acre site is the location of a former pump house and boiler house. Navy Special and diesel fuel were used on the site. Operations were terminated in the 1970s; structures were removed in the 1990s. Contaminated soil was found and removed to as much as 17 feet below ground surface (bgs). Deep soil removal could not be undertaken; instead, deep soil will be treated in situ (i.e. in place) using an innovative but proven method of injecting sodium persulfate, along with several other compounds, into the ground. Persulfate is a chemical oxidant used to treat soil and groundwater contamination. It is safe to handle, treats a wide range of organic contaminants, and can destruct compounds found in contaminated soil and groundwater. Byproducts of the process include water, carbon dioxide and sulfides. This method has been used to remediate contaminated soil and groundwater on more than 160 sites. In the examples provided, MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether), xylene, benzene, and naphthalene concentrations were reduced to between 72 and nearly 100%.


1. Copies of the reports below were available at the meeting. Comments can be submitted to Ms. Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

  • Removal Action Completion Report for Sandblast Grit Removal for Derecktor Shipyard Sand-Blast Grit Impacted Area
  • Feasibility Study for Old Fire Fighting Training Area
  • Work Plan and Quality Assurance Project Plan for Carr Point

2. Schedule for 2008 – The meeting schedule was not finalized. Mr. Colter suggested that the RAB members consider meeting quarterly versus every other month. The RAB members were undecided and tabled making a decision until the next meeting.

3. Oral History – No progress was made since the last meeting.

4. Progress Summary Table – The updated table is enclosed (enclosure 5).

5. Community Co-Chair Elections – Mr. Howard Porter of Middletown, RI was elected Community Co-Chair. The term is for one-year. Mr. Porter has been a member of the RAB since 1996.


Membership Committee – The Committee Chair reported that there are 16 community members, 12 were present at the meeting.

Planning Committee – There was no report.

Project Committee – The report on container ports located in Maine is provided as enclosure (6). The Maine Port Authority studied the existing port infrastructure and made proposals for future port activities.


The next meeting of the RAB will be held on March 19, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at the Officers’ Club.


(1) Attendance List
(2) List of US EPA Remedial Project Managers and the Community Involvement Coordinator
(3) Site Investigation for the Carr Point Shooting Range 932kB
(4) Deep Soil In Situ Chemical Oxidation at Former BLDG 70
(5) Progress Summary Table
(6) Report from the Project Committee Chair on Container Ports in Maine

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