RAB MEETING MINUTES
NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
CALL TO ORDER
The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.
Ms. Cornelia Mueller, the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group.
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
The minutes from the November bus tour were approved.
Ms. Lisa Rama, the Public Affairs Officer for Naval Station Newport, provided an update on the BRAC activities (see enclosure (2)). She referenced a recent article in The Newport Daily News, written by Ms. Tina Dolen of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, indicating that the information in the article provided accurate details on the status of BRAC activities. The article is provided (enclosure (3)). The next major milestone will be the excess property announcement in April in the Federal Register.
Ms. Rama also informed the members of a new development with regards to the inactive ship, the USS Saratoga. The Quonset Development Corporation has decided that the Saratoga could not be relocated to the Quonset Point’s Pier 2. The decision was publicized in the business section of the Providence Journal enclosure (4)). The Saratoga currently resides at Naval Station Newport.
Plan for Site Investigation at the Former Carr Point Shooting Range
Mr. Steve Parker presented the information on the proposed site investigation at the former shooting range located at Carr Point (provided as enclosure (5)). The Navy will investigate 7 acres at Carr Point that include the former skeet shooting range, storage and fill areas, and off-shore locations. Field work is scheduled to begin this spring. A site investigation report will be issued in late 2009.
Cleanup Program Update
Ms. Winoma Johnson provided an update on the cleanup budget as well as a list of the work executed in FY08 (October of 2007 through September of 2008) and planned work for FY09. The entire presentation is provided as enclosure (6)). More than $5.3M was spent in FY08 for projects that included monitoring at McAllister Point Landfill, additional removals of soil, pipelines, and foundations at OFFTA, design of the shoreline revetment at OFFTA, and demolition of the water treatment facility/building at Tank Farm 5. Work planned for FY09, totaling more than $3.8M, includes a draft remedial investigation report for NUSC, data collection at Tank Farms 4 and 5, remedial investigations at Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3, and field work at Gould Island.
CONTINUATION OF OTHER BUSINESS
Mr. Howard Porter, the RAB Community Co-Chair expressed concern over children from his neighborhood (behind Tank Farm 5) playing on the tank farm property.
RAB members were concerned about slow progress on all of the sites. They requested a handout at the next meeting, to summarize the current status of each site with regards to the CERCLA process.
FIELD WORK UPDATE
Ms. Mueller reported that the only field work is occurring at Tank Farms 1 (clearing) and 2 (removal of contaminated soil biopile).
The next meeting of the RAB will be held on May 20, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
(1) Attendance List