Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Officer’s Club, NAVSTA Newport

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Constellation Room in the Officers Club at Naval Station Newport, Newport, RI for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. The meeting started at 6:30 pm. Refer to the attached meeting agenda and attendance list.

David Dorocz, the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group. D. Dorocz introduced two new guests tonight – Thomas Silvia, an interested community member, and Ken Munney, from the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).


The meeting minutes from the November 28, 2012 meeting were approved.


Dave Brown (RAB) suggested that if more conservative residential cleanup is desired for Tank Farms 4 and 5, it is possible that the funding for additional cleanup could be funded by the property owner at that time. The property owner at that time may or may not necessarily be the Navy. The Navy generally remediates to a commercial cleanup standard / use and transfers property in this condition. Additional remediation and/or land use restrictions would be necessary by either the Navy or, if the property were transferred, the private property if the use changed to recreational or residential.


Mark Kauffman (Resolution) presented a brief overview of the Site Progress Milestone Chart, which provides an update of site progress. Dan Sullivan (RAB) suggested that the definitions for the color-coding be clarified since some of the contracted work is not technically “…action in progress.” M. Kauffman agreed that the definitions will be revised to state “…is contracted” or something similar.

Melissa Cannon (Resolution), M. Kauffman and Steve Parker (Tetra Tech) provided an update on specific sites on the Document Review Status list. During this discussion, the following clarifications were made beyond what is presented on the handout:

  • S. Parker indicated that the Study Area Screening Evaluation (SASE) for the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area is temporarily on-hold, until additional manganese data is collected to augment the site information prior to completing the SASE.
  • S. Parker stated that the NUSC Disposal Area Remedial Design for soil is planned for draft submittal in March 2013.
  • S. Parker clarified that construction is underway at the Old Fire Fighting Training Area (OFTA), where a new parking lot is being completed. Claudette Weissinger (RAB) questioned why there were so many soil piles in the area. D. Dorocz said that some of the soil is from construction of the new fitness center. M. Montegross clarified that the construction is being phased.
  • S. Parker indicated that the Draft Proposed Plans were being prepared for Tank Farms 4 and 5, as well as the Draft Final Feasibility Studies (FSs).
  • M. Kauffman had no specific clarifications to what’s provided on the handout, and introduced M. Cannon to begin the Carr Point planned investigation presentation.

    PRESENTATION: Carr Point Planned Field Investigation

    M. Cannon presented the material contained in the presentation handout. M. Cannon clarified that there are two distinct sites at Carr Point – the former storage area and former shooting range. Ginny Lombardo (EPA) clarified that this phase of the regulatory process is the Remedial Investigation.

    Kathy Abbass (RAB) requested clarification of the points on the figures. M. Cannon clarified the color-coding intent to display prior site data, as well as planned new investigation locations.

    Margaret Kirshner (RAB) asked if the pellets at the former shooting range are still there. M. Montegross indicated they were. K. Abbass asked how the Navy can confirm they’re all removed. G. Lombardo clarified that the process is to delineate the extent of the remaining pellets, and to assess how many pellets pose risks to receptors. There are multiple portions of the analysis, including assessment of how the pellets and lead correlate, what specific risks are posed to ecological receptors, and deriving protective cleanup goals for the shooting range site.

    C. Weissinger asked if clean sediment would replace impacted sediment. G. Lombardo and K. Munney said it depends upon what cleanup goals are developed and the volume of sediment removed. K. Munney suggested it would be unlikely that the impacted sediment would be deep enough to warrant enough removal volume to require replacement.

    K. Abbass stated the thickness of sediment varies in that area and is curious as to how deep the impacts may be. K. Abbass also suggested that shipwreck remnants have been found nearby and would be curious if the investigation is deep enough to encounter possible shipwreck items. M. Cannon clarified that the assessment is planned all the way down to a depth of 3 feet. K. Munney added that divers will be used to assess habitat and will observe underwater conditions in the investigation area.

    M. Kirshner asked whether it will be possible to fish in the area when the cleanup is completed. K. Munney stated it is unclear until the investigation and risk assessments are completed, and cleanup objectives are defined at the Feasibility Study phase of the process. G. Lombardo stated that it is too early to estimate how plentiful the habitat is now and will be after site cleanup. Cleanup goals will be defined after more information is collected through the Remedial Investigation process. Both human health and ecological risks are being modeled and assessed as part of this process.

    K. Abbass noted that there can be dumped materials such as unexploded ordnance or other hazards that the divers should be aware of prior to entering the water.

    D. Sullivan asked what the costs estimate would be for cleanup to ensure there is sufficient funding allocated. M. Montegross stated that there is $2 million planned currently and that amount will vary as more site information and specifics on any required cleanup are better defined. D. Brown also clarified that it is too early to have a more precise budget with the information currently in-hand. M. Montegross clarified that the Navy requires justification for funding allocation and there is insufficient information to allocate additional funding before the extent of site impacts, potential risks, and cleanup levels are defined.

    M. Kirshner asked if the long timeframe between sampling and actually completing the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study process impact the validity of the results, and whether the data or conditions would change by the time cleanup action was determined. M. Montegross, G. Lombardo, and K. Munney said that long timeframe would not be expected to affect the process, decisions or cleanup process. G. Lombardo added that any time-critical risks that are identified (if any) would be handled right away, not waiting for the typical regulatory process.

    D. Brown asked about local wildlife action plans. K. Munney stated that most of the wildlife here is Rhode Island trusted resources. The USFWS is more associated with habitat with wider ranges (such as deer) and habitat within the bay.


    There were no committee reports, and there were no reports from EPA or RIDEM.


    No items of note.


    The next meeting of the RAB will be held on March 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Officers Club at Naval Station Newport.

    A suggestion was made to discuss funding at the next RAB meeting; however, there is no additional funding information to share beyond what was presented at the November 28, 2012 RAB meeting by M. Montegross.

    Another suggestion was to discuss increasing RAB membership. Related discussion ensued relative to rotating the RAB meeting location, which may enable others to more easily attend.

    C. Weissinger suggested a discussion or presentation of planned divestment of property on the west side of the Naval Station, and potential plans on other property divestment. D. Dorocz asked to have a representative from the BRAC Program Management Office attend the next RAB Meeting to update the membership on their progress to date with the Environmental Impact Statement. Unfortunately, due to sequestration, travel restrictions are in place that will not allow a representative to attend.

    D. Dorocz will refine the agenda for the next meeting, considering this input.


    The meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.

    D. D. Dorocz

    Meeting Agenda
    Attendance Sheet
    Site Progress Milestones
    Document Review Status
    Carr Point Planned Investigation Presentation

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