RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
March 17, 2010 MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2010. The meeting started at 6:00 p.m. and adjourned at 7:35 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 meeting were approved.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR 2010

Mr. Stephen Parker, of TetraTech, presented a summary of the work the Navy intends to do in 2010 at the cleanup sites. This includes final field work at Tank Farms 4 and 5 (to be completed this summer), a Feasibility Study (to be prepared in 2011 with an expected completion date of 2012), and the ROD or Record of Decision (expected in 2013).

The Navy will start work at Tank Farm 3 now that the Defense Energy Support Center/Defense Logistics Agency has completed its petroleum-related cleanup activities at this site. The field investigation work at the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area (CCRFA) is planned for the fall of 2010.

The Navy has decided to separate the Carr Point Storage Area for cleanup under the Installation Restoration Program (IRP) and leave the Former Skeet Range at Carr Point in the Munitions Response Program. This represents an addition of a new site (Site No. 23) to the IRP. The Navy is working with the regulators to determine the risk associated with the former skeet range to users of the RV campground, scheduled to open for the season at the end of May. Current information from samples collected previously indicate possible risk to recreational users of this site.

RODs are planned for 2012 at the NUSC (Naval Underwater Systems Center)/NUWC (Naval Undersea Warfare Center) site, 2011 for the Old Fire Fighting Training Area and Derecktor Shipyard, and 2013 for Gould Island.

BRAC UPDATE

The Navy posted notice in the Federal Register on February 9, 2010 of approximately 260 acres of surplus land at Naval Station Newport. Normally, this would enable the DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to accept a local redevelopment authority (LRA) to plan the re-use of the property. However, recently the Bureau of Indian Affairs reversed its decision made in December of 2009 and expressed interest in obtaining the surplus land. The Navy has not issued its position on this request.

OTHER BUSINESS

Naval Station Newport has received notice that one of two inactive aircraft carriers at Pier 1 will be moved to Philadelphia in June of 2010.

EPA (with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)) will be evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Installation Restoration sites located at Naval Station. Nation-wide, EPA is investing more than $650,000 in various sites nationwide for projects that pair EPA’s expertise on contaminated sites with the renewable energy expertise of NREL. The project is part of the RE-Powering America’s Land initiative, which aims to decrease the amount of green space used for development, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide health and economic benefits to local communities, including job creation.

As one of the 12 facilities chosen for the RE-Powering America’s Land initiative, Naval Station Newport will receive $50,000 to analyze the potential development of various renewable energy technologies. Sites to be reviewed include Tank Farms 3 and 4, McAllister Point and various sites within the secured fence line of the base. The analysis will include determining the best renewable energy technology for the site, the optimal location for placement of the renewable energy technology on the site, potential energy generating capacity, and the economic feasibility of the renewable energy projects. In addition to the funding from RE-Powering America’s Land, Naval Station also received an additional $50,000 from the EPA’s Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office. Renewable energy projects on these sites will be designed to accommodate the site conditions.

NAVY PROJECTS

Ms. Mueller reported that Naval Station Newport will be erecting a MET tower on Tank Farm 4 on March 18. The tower is used to collect meterological data for possible renewable energy projects at Naval Station Newport.

FIELD WORK UPDATE

Ms. Mueller reported that field work will continue at Tank Farm 1 as well as at Tank Farms 4 and 5. The revetment construction at the Old Fire Fighting Training Area is scheduled to begin in April. The project will be completed in the fall of 2010.

COMMITTEE REPORT

Mr. Gray reported that six of 18 members were present at the meeting. Naval Station’s Public Works Officer, CDR Bo Gregor, also attended.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be held on May 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. The RAB members requested a presentation from the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission on the West Side Master Plan.

Enclosures:

(1) Attendance List
(2) IR Program Updates: 2010 Planned Activities

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