RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
MARCH 16, 2005 MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers' Club for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2005. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Mr. Marques opened the meeting and welcomed the group.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

The minutes from the January and February meetings were approved.

PRESENTATIONS

Surface Warfare Officers School Plan for Focused Site Investigation

Mr. Steve Parker of TetraTech NUS Inc. presented information on the upcoming focused site investigation at the new Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS). This area was added to the Federal Facilities Agreement (FFA) in 2003 when contamination was discovered during construction of the new facility. The area includes a parking lot sized to accommodate approximately 45 vehicles. This site investigation includes collection of soil and groundwater samples that will be analyzed to determine the extent of contamination. The full presentation is included as enclosure (2).

Mr. Turley was concerned over the expense for possible demolition and replacement of the new parking lot if cleanup work is required. Ms. Weissinger asked if the Navy could post a public notice on the SWOS site. Ms. Mueller indicated that she would discuss this request with her chain of command. General discussion followed on recollections with regards to oil contamination observed during the construction of the new building.

Status of Work at Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3 and the Fuel Loading Area

Mr. Ed Kurja of TetraTech EC, Inc. provided a summary of the ongoing work DESC (Defense Energy Support Center) is doing at Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3, and the Fuel Loading Area (see enclosure (3)). The work is regulated by the State and addresses petroleum contamination. To date, tanks have been cleaned and reballasted with water and pipelines have been cleaned and decommissioned. Work continues to investigate and address soil and groundwater contamination. Return of the property to Naval Station Newport will be phased over the next several years.

The RAB members were interested in the Navy plans for the Tank Farms. Mr. Frye explained that after DESC terminates their licenses and returns the land to the Navy, that the Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3 will need to undergo evaluation under CERCLA/Superfund. Ms. Mueller indicated that Naval Station is considering several proposals for the tank farm property, including a golf course.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Education Committee

The Committee Chair was not present; there was no report.

Membership Committee

The Committee Chair was not present; there was no report.

Nominating Committee

There is no Committee Chair; there was no report.

Planning Committee

The Committee Chair was not present; there was no report.

Project Committee

The Committee Chair provided an article on the dredging done in the Hudson River after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The article is provided as enclosure (4).

Public Information Committee

There is no Committee Chair; there was no report.

Rules Committee

There is no Committee Chair; there was no report.

NEW BUSINESS

RAB Rule - The Department of Defense (DoD) has proposed regulations governing Restoration Advisory Boards (RABs) that address the scope, characteristics, composition, funding, establishment, operation, adjournment, and dissolution of RABs. The proposed regulations are based on DoD's current policies for reestablishing and operating RABs, as well as DoD's experience over the past ten years in using RABs. Comments are due by March 29, 2005. The proposed rule was provided in the previous month's minutes (from February 16) as enclosure (5).

Updated Fact Sheets - The Navy is updating fact sheets for all thirteen IR sites. Fact sheets will be made available at a future RAB meeting. Restoration Site Web Page - The Navy has updated the restoration site diagram and table (enclosure (5)). Ms. Mueller will forward the updated version to Mr. Gray for posting to the RAB website.

Newspaper Ad - Ms. Mueller suggested that the RAB consider updating their meeting announcements (published twice before each meeting in the Newport Daily News). Ms. Mueller, with Ms. Keckler's assistance, will provide the RAB with a new design for consideration. If accepted, the design will require Navy approval.

Other - Dr. Abbass, although not present at the meeting, provided a handout that was distributed to all of the members (see enclosure (6)). Dr. Abbass would like to discuss the contents of her memo at the next RAB meeting. Mr. Frye commented briefly on the memo indicating that he took issue with the memo's conclusion that the cited data differed from information provided to the RAB. He will provide a detailed status and schedule update at the next RAB.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be on May 18, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. The group will meet at the Officers' Club.

Enclosures:

(1) Attendance List
(2) Surface Warfare Officers School Plan for Focused Site Investigation
(3) Status of Work at Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3 and the Fuel Loading Area
(4) Did Dredging Disturb Life in the Hudson River?
(5) Restoration Sites
(6) Memorandum of March 16, 2005 from Dr. D.K. Abbass on Cleanup Funding and Completion

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