Meeting Minutes

Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island

January 15, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Courtyard Marriot, Middletown, Rhode Island
Call to Order and Approval of Previous Minutes

David Dorocz (Navy RAB Co-Chair) called the meeting to order, requesting questions and comments on the last meeting minutes. There were no questions. The meeting minutes were accepted as-written.

Site Progress Update

Mark Kauffman (Resolution) presented the site status summary and progress milestone handouts, and highlighted selected sites with ongoing activities. Stephen Parker (Tetra Tech) also highlighted the progress on fieldwork at some of the sites. Their combined highlighted items follow.

  • Initial field investigations at Tank Farms 1 and 2 have been completed.
  • Data summary reports are being worked on now and should be ready for presentation to the RAB in April 2014 for Tank Farm 1 and later this year for Tank Farm 2.
  • Category 2 AOCs were briefly introduced as sites that potentially involve exclusively petroleum impacts. There are Category 2 AOCs at most of the tank farms, which are being addressed by the Navy in coordination with the DLA. Dave Dorocz provided clarification that the DLA is a part of the Department of Defense and they are responsible for the cleanup of petroleum contamination at Tank Farms 1, 2 and 3.
  • 2013 accomplished work highlights:
    • Proposed Plan and Record of Decision for Tank Farm 4
    • Initial construction at NUSC Disposal Area.
  • Expected work for early 2014:
    • Feasibility Study for Derecktor Shipyard and Gould Island in February 2014.
    • Public Hearing in March 2014.

    Margaret Kirschner (Community RAB Co-Chair) asked if the committee should be focused on the general public’s interests for property use when the property is conveyed. The question related to whether knowing the future property use would help with the selection of cleanup goals for the different sites.

  • Dave Dorocz clarified that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is the Navy’s planning document for the redevelopment of the property. There is a separate and independent requirement that the property be in a condition that is suitable to transfer.

  • Margaret Kirschner and Kathy Abbass indicated that there are two organizations that have been planning and preparing for future use of the Navy property.
    • Town planning committees, who participate in future use planning; and
    • Town zoning boards.
  • Dave Dorocz also clarified that the various parcels are sold (not given away for free) to off-set the cost of BRAC expenditures. Whoever buys the land will need to understand that the cleanup levels are specific to the envisioned and deeded site use. For example, if a parcel is established for industrial use, it cannot be used for residential and/or unrestricted site use without additional cleanup.

    The RAB expressed an interest in reviewing documents related to property use and cleanup. Dave Dorocz mentioned that CDs are stocked in the local libraries as “document repositories” for the community. Maritza Montegross (Navy RPM) added that the libraries are probably overdue for a status visit and update, and she would assign that as a new task for Resolution to conduct, taking over that role from Tetra Tech.

    Presentation- US Navy 2014 Environmental Budget Update

    Maritza Montegross presented the general status of the Navy’s available budget data, noting that the information may not include all of the funding planned for this fiscal year because some of the information hasn’t yet been entered.

  • A total of $4.7 Million was spent FY 2013
    • FY 2013 Actual: $4.7 Million
    • FY 2014 Planned: $7.9 Million
  • CCRFA, Carr Point, Coddington Point had no additional funding because on-going work from the previous year’s funding.
  • In general, the Navy expects a 9-14% decrease in funding over the next few years; however, the funding specifically set aside for restoration should not change dramatically.

    Reports

    Jamestown—Margaret Kirschner expressed concern over a lack of representation of Jamestown on the RAB. With Gould Island being in Jamestown, it would be beneficial to have a representative of Jamestown informed on the status of Gould Island. Steve Parker agreed to ensure that the newspaper announcement for the forthcoming Gould Island proposed plan meeting will include a posting in the Jamestown newspaper.

    Membership—Margaret Kirschner provided an update that there are 6 consistently attending RAB members, 4 inactive members, and 1 application in process. E-mails have been sent to inactive members to keep them informed, and further work has been done to encourage more involvement in the community.

    EPA—Kymberlee Keckler (EPA RPM) announced that Bill Lovely (EPA RPM) has replaced Ginny Lombardo for her sites at the Naval Station. Ms. Lombardo has been a regulatory contact for several of the sites at NAVSTA over the past 2-3 years.

    There were no other updates.

    Other Business

    As part of the NAVSTA Five-year Review, a questionnaire has been created and circulated to the RAB asking for feedback. The RAB requested clarification of the following items, which Resolution will follow-up with after the RAB meeting:
  • A more interactive version of the document for the RAB members;
  • Clarification on how the survey responses will be used and/or included; specifically whether names and specific quotes are planned, or whether the general impressions will be shared;
  • More information about which sites are being included in the review and more information about the current remedies. The draft Five-year Review report is due this summer, and will include a public notice and meeting for more interactive discussion.

    Margaret Kirschner will work towards increasing membership and increasing the community involvement.

    Some of the RAB members may further explore the availability of TAP/TAG grants. EPA may have information to share at the next RAB meeting.

    Next Meeting

    Scheduled for March 19, 2014.

    Adjournment

    The meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.

    /S/
    D. D. Dorocz

    Enclosures:
    January RAB Meeting Agenda
    Attendance Sheet
    Site Status Summary and Path Forward
    Site Progress Milestones
    NAVSTA Five-year Review Questionaire
    Budget Update

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