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

March 18, 2015, 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Courtyard Marriot, Middletown, Rhode Island
Call to Order and Approval of Previous Minutes

David Dorocz (RAB Co-Chair) called the meeting to order. Mr. Dorocz introduced Nick Noons, the new RIDEM representative to the RAB. The RAB members accepted the minutes from the January 21st meeting.

Site Progress Update

Mark Kauffman (Resolution Consultants) presented the site progress milestone handout, and specifically highlighted the future public meetings, which will include the Proposed Plan for Tanks 53&56 at Tank Farm 5, and the Proposed Plan for DU1-1, 1-2, and 1-3 at Tank Farm 1. Jim Gravette (Navy) highlighted the ongoing and upcoming clean-up work at NAVSTA, including NUSC, Gould Island, and Derecktor Shipyard.

Kathy Abbass (RAB Member) asked for a clarification on the start of dredging at the Derecktor Shipyard. Further, Ms. Abbass noted a contact with information regarding potential prior disposal locations at the site. Mr. Gravette suggested he would send an e-mail to Ms. Abbass with his contact information, and then Ms. Abbass could provide the information for the Navy’s records.

Mr. Dorocz asked Mr. Kauffman to update the site status table for the next meeting with Nick Noons as the RIDEM RPM for Site 1, McAllister Point Landfill, as well as Sites 22 and MRP Site 1, the Carr Point sites.

Technical Presentation

Mr. Gravette presented an update of Site 1, McAllister Point Landfill, specifically relative to the ongoing and planned Long-term Monitoring (LTM) program. Claudette Weissinger (RAB Member) asked if the historic snowfall this year has impacted the stability of landfill. Mr. Gravette explained that inspections have occurred throughout the winter given the storms that have hit the area. Manuel Marques (RAB Member) asked if the elevation of the landfill has changed in the last 20 years. Mr. Gravette explained that this is an old landfill and most of the settling would have occurred early in the life of the landfill. Elevations are measured annually to make sure there are no significant changes year to year. In general, the settlement is uniform, as expected, with no substantial differential (uneven) settling.

Community Update

Margaret Kirschner (RAB Co-Chair) attended the Chamber of Commerce Convention as an outreach opportunity. During the convention, Ms. Kirschner spoke with the new owners of the Melville Campground and explained the purpose of the RAB. Additionally, Ms. Kirschner spoke to several community planners and made them aware of the upcoming work at the tank farms.

Ms. Abbass suggested celebrating the 20th anniversary of the RAB as an attempt to draw attention to the group and highlight the success of community involved with clean-up at NAVSTA. The Navy will consider adding that note in the newspaper notice for the next RAB meeting. Thurston Gray (RAB Member) asked if members wanted contact information posted to the website. Mr. Gray noted that the attendance sheet gets included with the RAB minutes. The group decided that each member can decide to not enter their contact information when they sign-in if they’re concerned with their contact information being posted with the RAB minutes on the website.

Regulatory Update

Ms. Kirchner asked whether there is more recent guidance for monitored natural attenuation (MNA) because she only identified sources in the 1990s. Bill Lovely (EPA) and Mr. Kauffman provided Ms. Kirschner with several sources that would provide information regarding MNA, which included EPA, National Groundwater Association, ITRC, and specifically EPA’s Clu-In website ( As a side note, Mr. Gravette explained that MNA was used in some remedies at NAVSTA sites, and appears to be successful in monitoring the restoration of site groundwater. One site, Site 8, NUSC, will include an enhanced MNA groundwater remedy, whereby additives are placed in groundwater to enhance (speed-up) the MNA process.

Mr. Noons introduced himself as the new RIDEM regulatory contact (RPM) for Site 1, McAllister Point Landfill, and MRP Site 1 and Site 22, the Carr Point sites. The Navy welcomed Mr. Noons.


The RAB meeting adjourned at 8:00pm. Topics for the next RAB meeting on May 20th will potentially include a presentation on (1) the NAVSTA tank farms, (1) a specific focus on remedial activities planned for Tank Farms 4 and 5, or (3) a presentation of the potential solar array project that is being considered. In addition, the RAB Co-Chairs (Mr. Dorocz and Ms. Kirchner) will research and plan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the RAB. No specific plans were confirmed.

D. D. Dorocz

Enclosures: (1087Kb)
  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Attendance Sheet
  3. Site Status Summary and Path Forward
  4. Site Progress Milestones
  5. Site 1, McAllister Point Landfill Presentation

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