Meeting Minutes

Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island

March 19, 2014, 6:30 – 7:00 PM
Courtyard Marriot, Middletown, Rhode Island
Call to Order and Approval of Previous Minutes

David Dorocz (Navy RAB Co-Chair) called the meeting to order. The meeting minutes were accepted with one note: Thurston Gray was present at the last RAB meeting, but did not sign the attendance sheet.

Site Progress Update

Mark Kauffman (Resolution) presented the site status summary and progress milestone handouts. In the interest of time, RAB members were advised to review the handouts for discussion at the next RAB meeting as needed. Steve Parker (Tetra Tech) introduced a forthcoming Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) for Site 9, Old Fire Training Area (OFFTA), as a forthcoming public review item. A brief description of the project status and planned ESD was provided by Steve, as noted below.

  • Remedial construction at OFFTA is being finalized, and the long-term monitoring plan for groundwater is being implemented.
  • The ESD is required to document a lower value for arsenic in groundwater based on a change in regulations.
  • There will be a 15-day public comment period in the next month or two.

    RAB members were also told there is still time to complete five-year review questionnaires. Courtesy copies of the questionnaire will again be included in this month’s meeting minutes. The Navy will likely be prepared to present the findings of the five-year review this fall, possibly as part of the September 17th RAB meeting.


    A brief update was provided on the status of the wind turbine study at the Naval Station. The study is temporarily on a “strategic pause” to evaluate critical elements, funding, timing, and other items.

    Maritza Montegross (Navy) provided the planned budget for FY 14 and out-years. This was a refined version of the budget presented during the last RAB meeting, with additional funding items entered by the Navy since that time. There will be subsequent updates provided to the RAB if significant changes are made.

    Community Update

    Margaret Kirschner provided an update on her outreach efforts to local libraries and town officials. Margaret developed a distribution list that includes town council members, administrators, and librarians. The most recent RAB meeting minutes from February 2014 were provided to all of these individuals.

    The group noted that the Gould Island Proposed Plan public meeting notice wasn’t clear and visible. It was in a legal column and difficult to interpret. The Navy noted that was a federal requirement, but it will include an additional informal notice of the forthcoming Derecktor Shipyard public meeting, as part of the typical RAB meeting notice for May. This will be in addition to the required legal column.

    Regulatory Update

    There were no regulatory updates. The USEPA confirmed they will give a presentation on the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) at the next RAB meeting.

    Next Meeting

    The next RAB meeting will on May 21st and will begin at 6:00pm instead of 6:30pm to allow for a public meeting to follow at 7:00pm. The public meeting will be focused on the Derecktor Shipyard Proposed Plan. The agenda for the evening will include:

  • General business (typical RAB agenda)
  • TAG presentation
  • Derecktor Shipyard Public Meeting and Hearing on the Proposed Remedial Action Plans for the onshore and offshore areas.


    The RAB meeting adjourned at 7:03pm, followed by the Gould Island Proposed Plan public meeting.

    D. D. Dorocz

    Enclosures: (440Kb)
    (1) Meeting Agenda
    (2) Attendance Sheet
    (3) Site Status Summary and Path Forward
    (4) Site Progress Milestones
    (5) NAVSTA Five-year Review Questionaire
    (6) History of Gould Island
    (7) Navy Budget Update

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