RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
MARCH 21, 2007 MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers' Club for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Dr. Kathy Abbass, the Community Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

The minutes from the January meeting were approved.

RESULTS OF THE SOIL INVESTIGATION AT THE MELVILLE WATER TOWER

Mr. Steve Parker, of Tetra Tech NUS, presented the results of the soil investigation at the former Melville Water Tower located adjacent to the Melville Elementary School in Portsmouth, RI (see enclosure (2)). The Navy collected 83 soil samples from 45 locations at the site. The highest concentrations of lead in soil were found directly under the former water tower that was demolished in August of 2006. Lead was found up to two feet below the ground surface in several locations. The Navy intends to remove any lead contaminated soil that exceeds the State's residential standard of 150 parts per million. The Navy will also hold a public meeting to inform parents and teachers from the school of the findings and plans to remediate the soil.

The Navy estimated that the removal will take approximately four to six weeks. Work is scheduled to occur during the school's summer vacation between June 20 and August 20. The temporary fence will be removed once the project is complete and vegetation is established. The public meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on 1 May at the Melville Elementary School.

NEW BUSINESS

Army Corps Update for Rhode Island - The update is provided as enclosure (3).

Draft Non-Time Critical Removal Action Work Plan for Derecktor Shipyard - Copies were available at the meeting. Comments can be submitted to Ms. Cornelia Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

Report on Special Legislative Commission to Study Naturally Occurring Arsenic in Soil - Ms. Mueller reported that Rep. J. Russell Jackson, D-Newport, has held several meetings to discuss arsenic in soil that includes testimony from the Newport Housing Authority, the Town of Middletown, the Department of Environmental Management, and the Department of Health. A fourth meeting will be held on April 5th to hear testimony from the public. The intent is to determine if the state's standard for soil arsenic is appropriate and if it adequately accounts for naturally occurring arsenic in soil found on Aquidneck Island.

OLD BUSINESS

Oral History - Dr. Abbass will discuss the project with Newport's Councilwoman Mary C. Connolly. In addition, Dr. Abbass and Ms. Mueller will publicize the oral history project on 4 April on local radio station WADK.

November Meeting - The November RAB meeting will take place on the 2nd Wednesday, the 14th, instead of the 3rd Wednesday. September Meeting - The RAB will tour the Navy sites by bus on the 19th of September from 5 to 7 p.m.

Budget Summary and Schedule - The RAB continued the discussion of the spreadsheets Mr. Daniel Sullivan had provided at the previous meeting (see enclosure (3) of the January minutes). It was decided, and the Navy agreed, to present a 15-minute semiannual update using a format similar to that provided by Mr. Sullivan to address RAB concerns with regards to missed deadlines, ranking priorities, lack of agreement between parties, and funding.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership Committee - Mr. Thurston Gray reported that the RAB currently has 16 community members; 10 were present.

Planning Committee - There was no report.

Project Committee - There was no report.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be on May 16, 2007, at 7:00 p.m.

Enclosures:

(1) Attendance List
(2) Presentation of the Soil Investigation at the Former Melville Water Tower
(3) USACE Update of October 2006 for Rhode Island (51 Kb)

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