CALL TO ORDER The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, July 18, 2007. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 8:20 p.m. See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Ms. Cornelia Mueller, the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group.


The minutes from the May meeting were approved.


The meeting participants discussed Gould Island, the FUDS (formerly used defense sites) Program, the Melville Water Tower, the bus tour in September, the inactive ships located at Pier 1, the NUSC Disposal Area, Derecktor Shipyard, and the progress summary table. There were no technical presentations. The southern portion of Gould Island is owned by the State of Rhode Island. Its current and planned future use is as a wildlife area. The US Army Corps of Engineers has investigated portions of the southern part of the island and identified many areas of concern. However, no remedial actions have occurred. The Army Corps newsletter, dated April 30, 2007, indicates that the Engineering Evaluation of Contamination Phase II was initiated but is on hold pending discussion with the State on the scope of further investigations. Updated newsletters are available at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil. There are 85 FUDS sites in Rhode Island. Fifty three of these sites did not need any cleanup. Remediation is complete at some of the remaining sites. The US EPA has provided assistance to the Army Corps as a large number of sites in New England have been identified. More information on the FUDS program can be viewed at https://eko.usace.army.mil/usacecop/pub/ecop/what_we_do/fuds.

Work at the Melville Water Tower started on July 16, 2007 and will be completed by August 17, 2007. The work was scheduled during the school’s summer vacation. The most contaminated soil will be removed from the site first. Once complete, the site will be seeded. Once the seed is established, the temporary fence will be removed. The pathway used by students to walk from the Navy Housing area to the school will be open for use once school begins. Besides the meeting held to inform the public of the project, fliers were distributed to nearby residents. The members indicated that they would like to visit the Water Tower site during their bus tour in September.

The bus tour will begin at 5 pm on September 19, 2007. The members are to meet in front of the O’Club. In addition to the Melville Water Tower, the members requested that the tour include the site of the former shooting range at Carr Point and the tank farms, particularly Tank Farm 3. The tour will also include a visit to the location of the new North Gate were a small sandblast grit removal project will be underway. The sandblast grit was discovered during a construction project for the new North Gate located near the piers. The Navy removed some of the grit during the North Gate construction project so that the work could proceed on schedule but a portion was left in place for removal once the gate project was complete.

Sediment samples were collected recently at the lower Melville Pond to determine if the pond is suitable as a reference location for the Deerfield Pond located within the NUSC Disposal Area. The Navy is performing a Remedial Investigation that includes sampling and testing of the Deerfield Pond. A reference location is needed as a basis of comparison; it must be as similar to the Deerfield Pond as possible. Sampling at the lower Melville Pond indicates that it has not been impacted by anything other than normal human activity. Therefore, it is suitable for use as a reference site. The Melville Ponds are used by the public and are monitored under a volunteer community program. The results are enclosed for the program’s usage (see enclosure (2)).

Cleanup of the USS Forrestal, at Pier 1, is ongoing. Recently, samples were taken to determine the level of PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) contamination on the vessel. The Forrestal is being cleaned so that it can be used as an artificial reef. The USS Saratoga will undergo an investigation to determine what is needed to remove oil, lead paint, asbestos and similar materials or substances that may be present.

The progress summary table, although not presented at the meeting, was discussed. It was updated and is presented as enclosure (3). The table will be presented at the November meeting. In addition, Mr. Colter, the Navy’s Remedial Project Manager, will present a full update of the restoration program at the November meeting. Mr. Colter indicated that approximately $6M of work had been awarded to various contractors this year and the work would be executed over the next year. He did not expect that any additional funding would become available between now and the end of the government’s fiscal year (i.e. September 30, 2007).

The November meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of the month instead of the third Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday.


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

Draft Action Memorandum for Soil Removal Action at IR Site 21 – Melville Water Tower, Portsmouth, RI

Draft Final Work Plan for Non-Time Critical Removal Action at the Old Fire Fighting Training Area

Draft Technical Memorandum for Data Summary and Plan for Risk Assessment Tank Farms 4 and 5

Draft Work Plan for Removal Action at Melville Water Tower


Oral History – Dr. Kathy Abbass, Ms. Mueller, and Mr. Paul Kulpa met on 22 June to discuss how interviews with participants would be conducted.


Membership Committee – There was no report.

Planning Committee – There was no report.

Project Committee – There was no report.


The next meeting of the RAB will be on September 19, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. Members should meet in front of the O’Club for the bus tour.


(1) Attendance List
(2) Sediment Chemistry for Lower Melville Pond
(3) Progress Summary Table

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