MEETING MINUTES
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD (RAB)
NAVAL STATION NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
March 16, 2012

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The meeting started at 6:30 p.m. See enclosure (1) for the meeting agenda and enclosure (2) for the attendance list.

David Dorocz, the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

David Dorocz asked if there were any questions or comments on the previous meeting minutes. The January 18, 2012 minutes were approved.

PRESENTATION: NEW FFA SCHEDULE

Mr. David Dorocz made a presentation about the new FFA schedule and why the schedule changed. He presented a table (Enclosure (3)) that showed the progress and how the schedule has changed since the January 2011 baseline. Twelve line items have been completed since January 2011. The schedule modification letters from October 1, 2011 and March 1, 2012 are included in Enclosure (4) and (5) respectively. Mr. Dorocz noted that only draft documents are tracked by the FFA. It was noted that extensions in the modification letter dated March 1 2012 were due, in part, to time required to resolve a formal dispute filed by the State of Rhode Island. Mr. Dorocz stated that the goal is to have all NAVSTA Newport RODs in place by 2014 and all remedies in place by 2016.

Mr. David Brown asked for a summary of what the dispute involved, and that the minutes record this information. Mr. Dorocz referred the question to Ms. Kymberlee Keckler (USEPA) who responded that there were two primary issues in RIDEM’s formal dispute:

The first issue was about how sites should be screened to determine if it will become a site. In the CERCLA process the EPA uses risk-based numbers for site screening. RIDEM recommended that the state criteria should be used in the initial screening also. The resolution is that now the Navy will screen sites using both sets of screening criteria. She noted that since RIDEM criteria are usually below EPA criteria, this shouldn’t change anything substantially.

The second issue regarded which contaminants should be cleaned up at a site. In the CERCLA process risk is calculated, risk drivers are determined, and cleanup goals are established for contaminants that contribute to unacceptable risk. RIDEM disputed that the Navy cleanup goals should also be set for other RIDEM state criteria. The resolution reached states that if there is risk at a site, the cleanup goals will include not only contaminants that contribute to unacceptable risk, but also include state criteria for other constituents found at the site.

Mr. Dorocz made the following specific points in regards the schedule revisions:

  • Coddington Cove – The Navy originally assumed that the SASE would result in a No Further Action (NFA). As a result, there were previously no dates on the schedule for a draft RI, FS, Proposed Plan, and ROD: These are new items added. Accordingly, the schedule for the FS, Proposed Plan, and ROD were pushed back approximately 1 year. The draft SASE report was completed on schedule.

  • Tank Farm 1 – The Draft RI/FS Work Plan was submitted in April 2011. The schedule for the draft RI, FS, Proposed Plan, and ROD were pushed back approximately 6 months.

  • NUSC – The Proposed Plan and ROD have been pushed back approximately 1 year.

  • OFFTA – The 30% remedial design was completed on schedule in June 2011. The schedules for the 90% remedial design and 100% remedial design have been pushed back approximately 6 months. However, the deadline for the Draft Closeout Report has not changed.

  • Tank Farm 2 – The draft RI/FS Work Plan was completed in April 2011. The schedule for the RI, FS, Proposed Plan, and ROD has been pushed back approximately 6 months.

  • Tank Farm 3 – The draft RI/FS Work Plan was completed in April 2011. The schedule for the RI, FS, and Proposed Plan has been pushed back slightly. However, the schedule for the Draft ROD is now a month earlier.

  • Tank Farm 4 – The draft Data Gap report was completed on time in January 2011 and the draft FS was completed on time in October 2011. The schedule for the Proposed Plan and ROD has been pushed back slightly.

  • Tank Farm 5 – The draft Data Gap report was completed on time in January 2011 and the draft FS was completed on time in October 2011. The schedule for the Proposed Plan and ROD has been pushed back slightly.

  • Gould Island – The draft FS was completed on time in September 2011. The schedule for the Proposed Plan and ROD has been pushed back slightly.

  • Derecktor Shipyard – The Onshore Draft Report of Results was completed on time in October 2011. The schedule is unchanged.

  • Former Carr Point Storage Area – The CERCLA work for this site was initially not scheduled. The revised schedule for the work is now a month or two earlier. Resolution, the Navy’s new contractor, will be completing this work.

  • Former Carr Point Shooting Range – The MRP work for this site was initially not scheduled. The draft EE/CA was completed in August 2011. The schedule has been pushed back approximately 1 year.
Thurston Gray asked for a summary of the March 2012 letter. David Dorocz replied that the letter explains that the schedule has changed primarily because sites were put on hold during the dispute resolution process.

David Brown asked about the status of the asbestos investigation. David Dorocz replied that the asbestos areas might be added to the schedule as a site. Mr. Brown asked if adding these sites might take away the focus or funding from the existing sites on the schedule. Mr. Dorocz indicated that they would be scheduled and funded accordingly, though it was not certain yet which program they would be managed under.

FIELD WORK UPDATE

Ms. Deborah Moore (NAVSTA) provided the field work update. There is currently no field work taking place. In late April there will be groundwater sampling at NUSC for MNA parameters. Field work is anticipated to take place in May for Tank Farm 1 and in June for Tank Farms 2 and 3.

Kymberlee Keckler asked why there was going to be field work at NUSC with the ROD coming up in September. Steve Parker stated that the sampling will not change which remedy will be selected. It is an interim round of “natural attenuation” (MNA) data collection and is part of the design step.

TOPICS/PRESENTATIONS FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS

Dave Dorocz (Navy) asked if any community members had topics they were interested in for the next meeting. Steve Parker (Tetra Tech) stated that the SASE Addendum for Onshore Derecktor should be ready to be presented at the next meeting. Dave Dorocz suggested discussing the addition of sites at Coddington Point where asbestos was found. There was also a suggestion that the group be updated on the status of the reports already drafted but not finalized.

COMMITTEE REPORT

Thurston Gray reported that 5 of 16 members were present at the meeting. He noted that only 10 members are truly active. Two members were excused. There are no new members in the works.

David Brown asked about Howard Porter. David Dorocz indicated that he will follow up and call him.

OTHER BUSINESS

David Dorocz (Navy) asked if the group would prefer to have RAB meetings at a different location off base in the future, particularly since 5 days advanced notice is required to get access to the base. John Vitkevich said that RAB members should be allowed access to the base to look at sites as they have in the past. Darlene Ward stated that access restrictions that are implemented are a Navy-wide change and they have no control over it. Mr. Vitkevich stated that the RAB members should have access regardless. One member noted that moving the RAB off-base might generate some more membership interest. After further discussion, Ms. Abbass made a motion to hold the next meeting off-base.

John Vitkevich volunteered to get estimates from various hotels in the area. Dave Dorocz will send out an email to the community members to notify them of where the new location will be.

There was some further discussion about whether the RAB should try to attract new members and what kind of new members they wanted. David Brown said he thinks they should try to attract young members and suggested posting information about the Newport RAB on ecori.org.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be held on May 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM. The next meeting will take place off-base. Dave Dorocz will inform RAB members via email of the new meeting location.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.

/S/
D. D. Dorocz

Enclosures:
(1) Agenda (26 Kb)
(2) Attendance List (34 Kb)
(3) Cleanup Schedule Reviews (64 Kb)
(4) FFA Schedule Modification letter, October 6, 2011 (250 Kb)
(5) FFA Schedule Modification letter, March 1, 2012 (157 Kb)

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