Meeting Minutes
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island
January 20, 2016, 6:30 Ė 7:30 PM
Courtyard Marriot, Middletown, Rhode Island
Call to Order and Approval of Previous Minutes

David Dorocz (RAB Co-Chair) called the meeting to order and had the RAB minutes accepted from the November 18, 2015 meeting.

Site Progress Handouts

Mark Kauffman (Resolution Consultants) presented the site progress milestone handout and specifically highlighted the investigations and response actions on-going and scheduled. Many sites, including Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3, MRP Site 1, and Site 22 will be entering the Proposed Plan (PP) phase and will have public hearings scheduled in the coming year.

A field investigation is planned for the Tank Farms (referred to as Category 3 Areas of Concern or AOCs). The field investigation results will be used to identify whether the AOCs require further assessment under CERCLA or the RIDEM petroleum program, or whether they require no further action (NFA). Margaret Kirschner (RAB Co-Chair) asked what types of sites are being investigated. Jim Gravette (Navy) responded that the AOCs include ground scars, buildings, or any other features (not including the tanks) that have yet to be investigated. CERCLA-related contaminants will be regulated by the EPA and petroleum-related contaminants will be regulated by RIDEM. Mr. Gravette also clarified that these AOCs are outside of the proposed solar array being considered for Tank Farms 4 and 5.

Mr. Gravette (Navy) also noted that the Derecktor Offshore dredging will begin in late February 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2016. In response to questions from the RAB, Mr. Gravette noted that previous investigations and dredging have already considered marine effects of Narragansett Bay (tides, currents, fetch), and the proposed dredging program is designed to accommodate for those effects without impact.

Technical Presentation

Mr. Gravette (Navy) presented a briefing to the RAB on perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) and the investigations currently ongoing at NAVSTA Newport. Preliminary toxicity data indicates that because of their stability, PFCs can have adverse health effects in higher trophic mammals; however, more research is necessary to quantify the potential hazards. Sampling has been conducted at NAVSTA Newport with detected concentrations in groundwater. The NAVSTA Newport team intends to review and process the data to determine the next step in the planning process.

In response to the RABís questions, Mr. Gravette clarified that, as an emerging containment, there are no specific maximum concentration levels (MCLs), risk screening levels (RSLs), or other enforceable health screening values for PFCs. The Navy and regulatory agencies are working together to determine appropriate preliminary screening criteria. PFCs were a common ingredient in many products and would likely be identified in material safety data sheets (MSDSs) or safety data sheets (SDS), but may not be listed as an identified chemical typically seen on Superfund or RCRA lists. The Navy will be investigating many areas in the coming year to further delineate these potential PFC sites.

Community Update

Margaret Kirschner (RAB Co-Chair) and David Brown (RAB Member) attended a town meeting in Jamestown and informed the group of the NAVSTA Newport RAB 20th anniversary and provided an update on the work at Gould Island to members of the council. Ms. Kirschner announced that after 2 years as RAB Co-Chair, she would be interested in stepping down if another individual would be interested in taking her place. The RAB agreed to discuss a new election further at the next meeting or, only among community members, after the meeting ends. Mr. Brown and Mr. Dave McLaughlin (Clean Ocean Access) indicated that the Aquidneck Island Planning Board and similar organizations would be useful contacts to have involved in the RAB.

Regulatory Update

Ms. Kymberlee Keckler (EPA) announced that a new EPA Remedial Project Manager (RPM), Ms. Kimberly White, will oversee the work at Site 8, NUSC. Ms. Pamela Crump (RIDEM) also announced that Mr. Nick Noons (RIDEM) will be taking over Site 8. Ms. Crump added that Mr. Paul Kulpa (RIDEM) will be supporting the investigations at Melville.

Next Meeting

The meeting closed at 7:55 PM. Potential topics for the next meeting included: Navy website demo, Community Involvement Plan (CIP), Tank Farm Cat 3 Work Plan, or Derecktor Debris Dredging.

D. D. Dorocz

Enclosures: (880 Kb)
  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Attendance Sheet
  3. Site Status Summary Table
  4. Site Progress Milestone Chart
  5. Technical Presentation Slides
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