RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
MARCH 15, 2006 MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers' Club for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2006. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Dr. Kathy Abbass opened the meeting and welcomed the group.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

The minutes from the January meeting were approved.

ORAL HISTORY

The RAB approved the project, suggested by Dr. Abbass, to prepare an oral history that will involve interviews with former civilian and military employees who worked on the Naval Station property. It is her goal to compile their recollections so that they would provide a human-interest component that could be used alongside the scientific and technical work done to address the cleanup efforts of the Navy sites.

Mr. Thurston Gray indicated that he would be able to provide assistance by posting information on the RAB website and Mr. David Brown indicated he would provide some assistance as needed.

BASEWIDE SOIL BACKGROUND STUDY

Ms. Heather Ford of Tetra Tech NUS, Inc. presented the work plan for the basewide background study (see enclosure (2)). The study was designed to determine background or naturally occurring concentrations of metals in the six soil types and bedrock found at Naval Station (vs. metals that are present as a result of a release). The information from the study will be used to set future cleanup goals and will eliminate the need to conduct case-by-case site-specific background investigations. Surface (0-1 ft) and subsurface (1-10 ft) soil samples will be analyzed. The study will cost between $150,000 and $200,000. Work should be completed near the end of 2006. RIDEM has made formal comments on the work plan but has not discussed them with the Navy and therefore was reluctant to discuss them during the meeting.

Mr. Brown indicated that even the recently revised State standard for arsenic at 7 ppm was still below background levels and that a cost benefit analysis was in order. Mr. Brown cited an example of the loss that would occur at the Redwood Library in Newport since soil arsenic contamination has been found at that location.

REMEDIAL INVESTIGATION FOR NUSC DISPOSAL AREA

Ms. Ford also presented the work plan for the remedial investigation for the NUSC Disposal Area. The full presentation is included as enclosure (3). The RI will include geologic and hydrologic investigations, surface water, sediment, fish tissue, and earthworm sampling, as well as toxicity testing, land surveys, and wetland delineation. A report will be prepared that will provide the results and human health and ecological risk assessments.

NEW BUSINESS

New RPM - Mr. Curt Frye introduced his replacement, Mr. Jim Colter, who will be taking over when Mr. Frye leaves EFANE to work for the BRAC. Mr. Colter has many years of experience as a Remedial Project Manager with EFANE. Mr. Colter will move to the NAVFAC office in Norfolk sometime in the near future.

US Army Corps Update for Rhode Island - Update for Rhode Island is provided as enclosure (4).

Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan for NUSC Disposal Area - CD copies of the work plan were made available at the meeting. Comments can be submitted to Ms. Cornelia Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

Draft Basewide Background Study Work Plan - CD copies of the work plan were made available at the meeting. Comments can be submitted to Ms. Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

Amendment No. 1 of Draft Basewide Background Study Work Plan Round 1: December 2004 Long-Term Monitoring Report For Mcallister Point Landfill - Copies of the amendment were made available at the meeting. Comments can be submitted to Ms. Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

OLD BUSINESS

RAB Presentation for the Portsmouth Rotary - Dr. Abbass and Ms. Mueller will provide information on the RAB to the Portsmouth Rotary at 7:00 pm on April 25.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership Committee - Mr. Gray reported that we currently have 13 community members; 8 were present.

Project Committee - Mr. Emmet Turley provided enclosure (5) on dredging.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be on May 17, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.

Enclosures:

(1) Attendance List
(2) Basewide Background Study Work Plan
(3) NUSC RI Work Plan
(4) US Army Corps of Engineers Update Report (76 Kb)
(5) Project Committee Report

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