MEETING MINUTES

RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD (RAB)

Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Officer’s Club, NAVSTA Newport
CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Constellation Room in the Officers Club at Naval Station Newport, Newport, RI for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. The meeting started at 6:30 pm. Refer to the attached meeting agenda and attendance list.

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

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

No comments were offered on the prior meeting minutes from the May 15, 2013 meeting. The meeting minutes were accepted.

EIS PRESENTATION

D. Dorocz presented a brief summary of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process and status for specific parcels at the Naval Station that have been designated for transfer:

  • Former Naval Hospital, Newport
  • Former Navy Lodge, Middletown
  • Tank Farms 1 & 2
  • Portsmouth, and Midway/Green Lane Parcel
  • Stringham Road and a portion of Defense Highway
  • These parcels are under evaluation for potential reuse options and conveyance to the Aquidneck Island Reuse Implementation Authority (AIRIA), which is the local reuse authority (LRA) assisting with the transfer. Refer to the attached presentation slides for detail.

    David Brown (RAB) asked whether the cleanup for these parcels will be based on the specific intended use, or for any (unrestricted) use. D. Dorocz responded that it would be based on commercial/industrial use. Each parcel would also have land use controls (LUCs) if appropriate to ensure that the use is consistent with the level of cleanup.

    Kathy Abbass (RAB) and Claudette Weissinger (RAB) asked several questions relative to what would happen if the future property owner or tenant doesn’t comply with the LUCs and how the property use would be enforced. D. Dorocz responded that this is a legal question that he is not qualified to answer. Navy lawyers and real estate professionals would do their very best to prepare deeds and other documents that contain the necessary provisions and CERCLA covenants to ensure the property use stays consistent with the allowable uses under the property transfer and associated LUCs (if any).

    C. Weissinger asked questions relative to who takes the property, what types of contaminated sites are transferred, and whether the Navy’s BRAC office is planning a presentation. D. Dorocz clarified the parcels must be deemed suitable to transfer by the Navy. The USEPA and RIDEM would also have to concur with the Navy’s determination.

    Contact information is provided on the attached presentation, and further information is provided on the Naval Station’s EIS website: http://newporteis.com.

    Darlene Ward (Navy) provided the RAB with contact information to learn more about the AIRIA, particularly relative to the status of parcel transfer and members of the AIRIA board. Refer to the website: http://aquidneckislandrpa.org. As stated on the website, RAB members are encouraged to contact Julie Oakley or (401) 845-9400, with any questions or comments.

    OTHER BUSINESS

    D. Dorocz indicated that RAB co-chair is necessary to help coordinate meetings, address issues relative to scheduling meetings during the federal sequester, and other functions. No decisions were made relative to electing or nominating a co-chair.

    K. Abbass suggested that based on (1) the federal sequesters and travel restrictions, and (2) an interest in meeting as a RAB group independently, that the Navy arrange a RAB member-only meeting for the group in September. This meeting would allow the RAB members to discuss priorities and issues among themselves, without the Navy or regulatory agencies being present. The motion was seconded by the RAB. D. Dorocz agreed to coordinate a public meeting venue for September 18, 2013 at either the Middletown or Newport Public Library. The Navy would advertise the meeting in the local newspaper, but the Navy and regulatory agencies would not attend.

    SITE PROGRESS UPDATE

    Mark Kauffman (Resolution) presented a brief overview of the Site Progress Milestone Chart, which provides an update of site progress, and highlighted specific items of interest on the progress chart:

  • The Navy is now caught up with the contractor’s McAllister Point Landfill LTM reports.
  • The Coddington Cove Rubble Fill (CCRF) Area groundwater sampling Work Plan is being updated based on regulatory agency suggestions.
  • The NUSC design documents continue to progress.
  • The Tank Farm 1 Data Gaps Assessment was submitted to the regulatory agencies and is expected to be updated.
  • The Tank Farm 2 and 3 field programs are almost ready to begin; details relative to working around utilities are being resolved.
  • The final Tank Farm 3 SASE was submitted.
  • The Tank Farm 4 ROD is under way based on input received from the community on the Proposed Plan.
  • The Tank Farm 5 Proposed Plan will be scheduled for distribution and meeting after further details are resolved.
  • The Derecktor Shipyard FS documents are expected to be revised and finalized based on regulatory agency comments.
  • The Carr Point RI Work Plan is being revised based on regulatory agency input.
  • The Coddington Point Debris Sites RI Work Plan is being revised based on regulatory agency input.
  • REPORTS

    There were no reports from the RAB, EPA or RIDEM.

    NEXT MEETING

    The next RAB meeting will be conducted on September 18, 2013 at either the Middletown or Newport Public Library. Based on the RAB’s request, the Navy will coordinate the meeting and newspaper advertisement, but the Navy and regulatory agencies will not attend.

    ADJOURNMENT

    The meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.

    /S/
    D. D. Dorocz

    Enclosures:
    Meeting Agenda (updated)
    Attendance Sheet
    Site Progress Milestones
    Site Status Summary
    Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Presentation

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