RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
July 21, 2010 MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Middletown, RI, for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. The RAB meeting started at 6:00 p.m. and adjourned at 7:00 p.m. The public meeting started at 7:00 pm and adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

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

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

The minutes from the May 2010 meeting were approved.

SASE (STUDY AREA SCREENING EVALUATION) FOR TANK FARM THREE

Dabra Seiken, of Tetra Tech NUS, Inc., presented information on Tank Farm 3. There are seven large tanks on this 40-acre tank farm in addition to several other small abandoned structures. The tank farm was once used to store various fuels for usage by Navy ships. The Defense Logistics Agency’s Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) has leased the property from the Navy since the mid-1970s. The tank farm was constructed in the 1940s. The tanks (concrete and steel) each once held more than one million gallons of fuel, and some held more than two million gallons. DESC has done a number of petroleum-related release cleanups as well as petroleum investigations at the Tank Farm in the effort towards terminating their lease agreement with the Navy. Recently, the Navy funded the Study Area Screening Evaluation (SASE) for Tank Farm 3. This includes a review of the existing environmental documents prepared by DESC. In addition, the SASE will determine if areas exist that require investigation and possible remediation under the CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) regulatory framework. The Navy expects to finish the final version of the SASE in early 2011. See enclosure (2) for the full presentation.

PROPOSED REMEDIAL ACTION FOR THE OLD FIRE FIGHTING TRAINING AREA (OFFTA)

As part of the Public Meeting, Steve Parker (Tetra Tech NUS, Inc.) presented the proposed plan for the OFFTA IR (Installation Restoration) site (see enclosure (3) and enclosure(4)). The OFFTA site was used as a fire training facility between 1940 and 1972. PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), metals, and petroleum contamination were present on the site. Completed CERCLA work at the site includes the remedial investigation, interim removal actions, feasibility study, and the proposed remedial action plan. The proposed remedial action consists of constructing a soil and asphalt cover over a portion of the site, establishment of land use controls, monitoring, and maintenance.

A question/answer session and a formal comment session followed the slide presentation. During the question/answer period, Navy and EPA answered RAB member questions and concerns on the parking lot to be constructed on the site (runoff from the parking lot will be managed using rain gardens and other low impact techniques), landscaping of the site (vegetation should be used to improve the visual appearance of the site), the high cost of monitoring (monitoring costs are expected to decrease over time as evidence accumulates to indicate that contamination has not increased or moved), contamination immobilized in soil may become mobile (the Navy does not expect soil contamination to increase or move since the source of contamination has been removed), and groundwater movement through the site (the remedy includes monitoring of groundwater and sediment).

Formal comments, made by the members after the presentation and question/answer session, will be included in Responsiveness Summary in the Record of Decision to be finalized in late 2010.

BRAC UPDATE

Since the last RAB update, the Aquidneck Island Reuse Planning Authority (AIRPC) was established and a Property Reuse Coordinator (PRC) was hired. The surplus land process, to continue through late 2011, includes requests for Notices of Intent (NOIs) and Public Benefit Conveyances (PBCs), and a public workshop to be held on July 28, 2010. A new market analysis with a new redevelopment plan (based on West Side Master Plan) that balances redevelopment with needs of homeless and the existing communities, and submission of the redevelopment plan to Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will also be completed in the future.

An updated timeline is provided (see enclosure (5)). The Navy may subdivide the parcels to provide for environmental cleanup work that will be needed while allowing redevelopment of sub-parcels that do not require cleanup.

OTHER BUSINESS

The members discussed possible topics for future meetings including a boat or bus tour, impacts of global climate change on shore line cleanup sites, and the potential for the Gulf Oil Spill to impact Naval Station Newport.

FIELD WORK UPDATE

Cornelia reported that field work will take place at Tank Farm 1 (by DESC/DLA), the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area, the NUSC (Naval Underwater Systems Center or NUWC) site, and the Old Fire Fighting Training Area (revetment construction).

DOCUMENT FOR REVIEW

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

Draft Final Work Plan Addendum Supplemental Remedial Investigation Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC) Disposal Area.

COMMITTEE REPORT

Thurston Gray reported that 9 of 18 members were present at the meeting. CDR Gregor Bo, Naval Station Newport’s Public Works Officer, was also in attendance.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be held on September 15, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.

Enclosures:

(1) Attendance List
(2) Handout from Presentation on the Update of the Study Area Screening Evaluation for Tank Farm 3
(3) Handout from Presentation on the Proposed Remedy for the Old Fire Fighting Training Area
(4) Handout from Presentation on the Proposed Remedy for the Old Fire Fighting Training Area
(5) BRAC Update

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