RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
July 15, 2009 MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. 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.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

The minutes from the May meeting were approved.

INACTIVE SHIPS AND PIERS

Ms. Lisa Rama, the Public Affairs Officer for Naval Station Newport, provided information on Piers 1 and 2. As stated in the Vision 2035 Master Plan for Naval Station Newport, Pier 1 is to be demolished once the inactive ships are moved. The Forrestal is scheduled to leave in 2010. The departure date for the Saratoga has not been announced.

Recent inspections of Pier 2 have determined that pier pilings are in a degraded state. Weight restrictions are now in place on the south side of the Pier, impacting Coast Guard operations. Engineers estimate that, based on current conditions, the Pier will need to be closed by 2019. The Navy does not have any plans to reinforce or make repairs to Pier 2. It does plan to relocate the Coast Guard cutters alongside the area located between Piers 1 and 2. In addition, the Navy has several Military Construction (MILCON) projects planned to move essential facilities on Pier 2.

Ms. Mueller indicated that the head of the Inactive Ships Fleet, Mr. Glen Clark, will attend the September RAB meeting and provide information on the Forrestal and the Saratoga.

BRAC UPDATE

A BRAC update was not provided as no changes to the schedule have been announced since the last update. As publicized in the local newspapers, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) did request an additional extension on their deadline. Based on the Navy’s decision, an update may be provided at the September RAB meeting.

PRESENTATION

Update on the Remedial Investigation at the NUSC Disposal Area Mr. Jim Forrelli presented the information on the remedial investigation (RI) completed recently at the NUSC (Naval Underwater Systems Center) Disposal Area on the NUWC (Naval Underwater Weapons Center) property (the full presentation is provided as enclosure (2)). The remedial investigation targeted fill areas identified during the 2003 Study Area Screening Evaluation (SASE). Hydrogeological and geophysical investigations were performed as well as sampling and analysis of soils, groundwater, pond sediments, and biota. Fish found in the NUWC Pond and the Upper Melville Pond (used as a reference site) included bluegill, bullhead, white perch, shiners, American eel, and largemouth bass. Insectivorous mammals at the site included short-tailed shrew, coyote, eastern chipmunk, gray squirrel, raccoon, and red fox. In addition, earthworm and aquatic insect tests were used to evaluate soil and sediment toxicity, respectively.

The results indicated that PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), metals, petroleum, pesticides, and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were present in samples. Human health risks were found for soil, groundwater, pond sediment, and for consumption of pond fish; ecological risks were identified for mammals and bird exposed to soil and for invertebrates in pond sediment.

The next steps for the NUSC site include finalizing the RI report, preparing a draft Feasibility Study (FS), and preparing a remedial action plan.

DISCUSSION

The RAB members decided to postpone their planned discussion based on Mr. David Brown’s comments on the questionnaire the Navy mailed as part of the Five Year Review (see handout from May RAB meeting) until the Community Co-Chair, Mr. Howard Porter was present.

FIELD WORK UPDATE

Ms. Mueller reported that the only field work is occurring at Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3. DESC is cutting brush and sampling groundwater monitoring wells.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Mr. Thurston Gray reported that 9 of 17 members were present at the meeting. Mr. Thomas McGrath expressed his interest in the September meeting and the planned presentation on the Inactive Ships.

DOCUMENT FOR REVIEW

A CD copy of the document below is available for review and comment. Please provide comments to Ms. Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

Draft Five Year Review Report

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be held on September 16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Enclosures:

(1) Attendance List
(2) Update on the Remedial Investigation at NUSC

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