Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 6:30 – 8:15 pm
Officer’s Club, NAVSTA Newport

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Constellation Room in the Officers Club at Naval Station Newport, Newport, RI for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The meeting started at approximately 6:30 pm. Refer to the attached meeting agenda and attendance list.

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


The meeting minutes from the January 16, 2013 meeting were approved.


Mark Kauffman (Resolution) presented a brief overview of the Site Progress Milestone Chart (enclosed), which provides an update of site progress. Thurston Gray (RAB) suggested that the dark green color doesn’t contrast well with the black ink. M. Kauffman agreed and indicated it would be updated.

Melissa Cannon (Resolution), M. Kauffman and Steve Parker (Tetra Tech) provided an update on specific sites on the Document Review Status list (enclosed).

D. Dorocz suggested the “T” on the Site Progress Milestones be defined below. M. Kauffman agreed and indicated it would be updated. D. Dorocz questioned whether the state-driven projects (i.e., the petroleum sites) should be included. A brief discussion followed. Maritza Montegross (Navy) indicated that she would check on whether the state-driven projects should be a RAB agenda, but would remain CERCLA-based for now.

Margaret Kirschner questioned why sometimes the dates on the Site Progress Milestones chart have been pushed out and/or missed. S. Parker indicated that sometimes there are delays in order to address all parties’ issues associated with a document; however, that does not change the path forward.

PRESENTATION: Coddington Cove Rubble Fill (CCRF) Area Groundwater Sampling Program

M. Kauffman presented the material contained in the presentation handout (attached). Manny Marques (RAB) questioned how high the concentrations of the metals are at the site. M. Kauffman clarified that the concentrations aren’t very different from most areas of New England, but do require further scientific review.

Dave Brown (RAB) questioned whether this investigation would provide for alternative remedies rather than hauling off soil, for example. M. Kauffman clarified that it’s a possibility or possible that no action may be necessary. D. Brown questioned whether the concentrations are a concern to human health. M. Kauffman clarified that the current risk screening evaluation shows potential risks, but the planned scientific review will provide more clarity on whether the metals are site-related and whether the potential risks are realistic.

Kathy Abbass (RAB) suggested that next presentation be in black ink, not gray, for legibility.

Margaret Kirschner (RAB) questioned prior PAH impacts and why they aren’t included in the planned study. S. Parker clarified that although PAHs were detected, they did not pose a potential risk. M. Montegross added that the metals concentrations posed a slight risk and Navy intends to demonstrate if the metal concentrations are site-related or naturally occurring so that it can be determined how the site will proceed under CERCLA.

M. Kirschner questioned what site-related sources would be available at the site. M. Montegross indicated that if concrete or rebar were buried at the site, for example, that would be an example of a source. K. Abbass clarified that this site has changed over time and does have a wetland aspect. D. Brown and M. Montegross indicated that it is possible that contamination could be from an off-site source.


Membership Committees
T. Gray indicated that there are currently 17 members. T. Gray indicated that one member has resigned partly due to the timing being too early and the meetings being held on the base. There was discussion regarding moving the RAB meeting earlier to 6:00 and the possibility of moving the meeting off base. After some discussion and no clear consensus, D. Dorocz suggested discussing the timeframe of the meetings at a later date.

EPA News
There was no EPA news.

No RIDEM news from P. Crump. D. Brown mentioned that there is an initiative to move agriculture under a separate entity within RIDEM.


D. Dorocz mentioned potential government spending cuts. Discussion ensued on possible impact to future (e.g., less Navy presence at RAB meetings, reduced hours, etc.). D. Dorocz mentioned this as introduction to Ideas to Increase Membership since it may be difficult to fund an off-base RAB meeting.

Ideas to Increase Membership
K. Abbass suggested that the RAB meetings rotate through the communities (via public library or city hall, for example). K. Abbass suggested inviting the town councilmen, etc. from the surrounding towns. M. Marques asked if Building 8 (just off-base by NUSC) would be a possibility. Claudette Weissinger suggested it would be nice to have the meeting at a consistent location. D. Brown suggested and provided a handout (attached) to conduct some meetings via webinar and suggested the use of the public library being a positive/constructive environment.

K. Abbass suggested getting local professors/students involved in the RAB meetings; possibly an internship for a student. M. Kirschner suggested we be sensitive to the sequestration and not ask for more when the Navy will have fewer resources. D. Brown suggested getting a student journalist involved. D. Brown will look into local college and see if there are any project needs.

M. Kirschner questioned what the ideal size of the RAB is and if this is primary to the purpose of the RAB. D. Brown read some information from a RAB Fact Sheet. According to the fact sheet, the RAB should not be more than 20 members and there should be community outreach. Former community outreach has dwindled and that is what the RAB is trying to rejuvenate.

D. Brown asked if the 2005 information under the federal register is the most recent regulations for the RAB. M. Montegross and S. Parker were unsure. D. Brown suggested that the URLs in the newspaper ad be shortened and/or verified. T. Gray suggested posting links on the website.


The next meeting of the RAB will be held on May 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm. D. Dorocz will look at off site locations for the next RAB meeting; however, plan to have the next meeting at the Officer’s Club unless we hear otherwise.

C. Weissinger inquired about the planned divestment of property on the west side of the Naval Station. D. Dorocz indicated that property transfer is being handled by Navy’s BRAC PMO.

D. Brown suggested better land use connections with property owner’s off-base. Discussion pursued; may be outside of the RAB.


The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:15 pm.

D. D. Dorocz

Meeting Agenda
Attendance Sheet
Site Progress Milestones
Document Review Status
Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area (CCRF), Expanded Investigation and Evaluation of Metals in Groundwater Presentation
Interactive Webinar Suggestion Handout

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