July 18, 2012


The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Middletown, RI for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. The meeting started at 6:00 p.m. See enclosure (1) for the meeting agenda and enclosure (2) for the attendance list.

David Dorocz, the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group.


The meeting minutes from both the March 21, 2012 and May 16, 2012 meetings were approved. David Brown requested a table comparing the arsenic numbers from the old and new RIDEM regulations. Deborah Moore (NAVSTA Newport) will provide this table. David Brown asked if the arsenic regulations apply to everyone or just to the Navy. Pamela Crump (RIDEM) stated that the arsenic regulations apply throughout the state.


Steve Parker (Tetra Tech) presented on the Document Review Status (enclosure 3). This table shows the current progress of each of the draft documents. This table is more detailed than the Site Summary Chart (enclosure 4) which just provides a general overview of site progress.


Steve Parker stated that field work at the ethyl blending plant at Tank Farm 1 will be conducted in August. The field work involves soil sampling, monitoring well installation, and groundwater sampling.


Maritza Montegross asked if the RAB members were interested in a boat tour of the sites, including Gould Island and other sites visible from the water. David Dorocz stated that he will look into arranging a site tour, but indicated that it would not necessarily take place in September. The Carr Point Skeet Range (MRP Site 1) was another topic suggested for the September meeting.


Thurston Gray reported that 5 of 16 members were present at the meeting. One member was excused. There are no new members in the works.


Steve Parker (Tetra Tech) presented a copy of the Administrative Record that would be provided to the public libraries. The new Administrative Record will continue to be kept online at the Navy’s website ( In addition, the Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, and Jamestown libraries will be provided a binder that contains the Administrative Record on DVD. The binder contains instructions for its use, a printed index of the documents sorted by site, and a set of three DVDs containing the documents that are part of the public record. The binders contain all of the Newport public documents through May 31, 2012 and will be updated approximately once each year. Deborah Moore has a copy of the binder and RAB members can request to borrow it, or they can view it at the libraries.

Maritza Montegross stated that the 30-day public comment period on the Carr Point Engineering-Cost Analysis (EECA) will likely begin before the next RAB meeting. A public meeting will be held for the EECA, but it will not occur during the regularly scheduled RAB meeting. The final EECA will be issued in the next few weeks.

Dave Dorocz took the action item to look into alternate meeting locations, such as a conference room on base. The acoustics of some of the rooms used have made it difficult to hear at previous RAB meetings. Thurston Gray noted that it is easier to hear at the Hampton Inn meeting room. John Vitkevich mentioned that he had contacted several hotels in the area to ask about the cost of meeting rooms, but that none of the hotels got back to him. Members of the board of directors at the Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club were present and offered the use of their facility for meetings. Wanumetonomy is located adjacent to NAVSTA Newport and their property abuts Site 8, Naval Undersea Systems Center (NUSC).


The next meeting of the RAB will be held on September 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM. The meeting location will be announced later. As a reminder, the public meeting for the Carr Point EECA will likely be held prior to the next RAB meeting. The date and location for the public meeting will be advertised in local newspapers.

Meeting adjourned early at 6:35PM in order to hold a public meeting for Site 8 NUSC Disposal Area.

D. D. Dorocz

(1) Agenda (107 Kb)
(2) Attendance List (169 Kb)
(3) Document Review Status (149 Kb)
(4) Site Summary Chart (202 Kb)
(5) NUSC Proposed Plan Presentation (3,007 Kb)
(6a) NUSC Proposed Plan Posters (167 Kb)
(6b) NUSC Proposed Plan Posters (1,203 Kb)
(6c) NUSC Proposed Plan Posters (353 Kb)

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