May 20, 2009 MEETING


The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Ms. Cornelia Mueller, the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group.


The minutes from the March meeting were approved with the following modification from Dr. Kathy Abbass. The discussions by members of the RAB have shown that they are more than a little concerned about the slow movement of the work. In addition, the lack of reliable fencing around the tank farms should be a red flag for the Navy. If trespassers were hurt on the property there would be a great outcry against all of the good work the Navy has done to cleanup the tank farms; particularly since so much money is being spent with so little apparent progress. Can funding be obtained to locate and repair the inadequate fencing?


Ms. Mueller provided an updated BRAC handout with revised timelines (see Enclosure (2)). The updated information was from Mr. Gregory Preston from the BRAC office in Philadelphia.

Ms. Mueller explained the handouts (Enclosures (3)). Page 1 is a flow chart of the Navy’s Environmental Restoration process. The second and third pages explain each of the phases and milestones of the process in more detail. Page 4 is a spreadsheet with columns for each process or milestone and rows for each of Naval Stations IR (Installation Restoration) sites. Seven of the 15 sites have yet to complete the remedial investigation phase; removal actions have been completed at nearly all of the sites; two sites are in the site closeout phase. The handouts also included a page from the 2005 Report to Congress and a base condition drawing of Naval Station Newport. The excerpt from the Report to Congress tracks IR sites (in the Federal Facilities Agreement), MRP (Munitions Response Program) sites, and sites requiring clean up (but not included in the Federal Facilities Agreement).

Mr. Howard Porter, the Community Co-Chair, discussed the survey results he had received from RAB member, Mr. David Brown (Enclosure (4)). Mr. Porter suggested the RAB members review the comments before the next meeting and use the information to generate their own discussion points for a round table to be scheduled for the July meeting.

Mr. Tom McGrath asked about the cleaning activities on the Forrestal and Saratoga. He was concerned about the leaking of bilge fluids from the ships. Ms. Mueller will contact the Inactive Ships personnel and request a presentation for the July meeting. Dr. Abbass suggested that the NUWC (Naval Undersea Warfare Center) team involved with unmanned underwater vehicles may have video footage of the bay bottom near the ships. Ms. Mueller will contact NUWC.

Mr. McGrath also requested more information on the future use of Piers 1 and 2. Ms. Mueller will provide additional information at the July RAB meeting.


Summary of Environmental Investigations Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3

Ms. Diane Stokes of Tetra Tech EC presented the summarized information on the Tank Farms (provided as enclosure (5)). Ms. Stokes is DESC’s (Defense Energy Support Center) petroleum cleanup contractor for Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3. DESC used the tank farms between 1974 and 1998. The tank farms were used to store aviation fuel, jet fuel, fuel oil, and marine diesel fuel. There are 28 underground storage tanks on the 160-acre parcel. The DESC cleanup has focused on petroleum releases from their operations. They have investigated and remediated groundwater, soil, fuel lines, and storage tanks. DESC used stereoscopic aerial photography to identify areas of concern. They have installed groundwater monitoring wells, taken soil borings, dug test pits, and conducted soil vapor sampling. They have prepared draft site investigation and remedial action reports for Tank Farms 2 and 3 and a draft work plan for the site closure at Tank Farm 1.


Ms. Mueller reported that there is field work underway at Carr Point and Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3. Soil, groundwater, and sediment samples are being collected at Carr Point for the site investigation. Work at the tank farms includes groundwater sampling and clearing.


Mr. Thurston Gray reported that there are currently 17 community members; seven were present at the meeting.


The next meeting of the RAB will be held on July 15, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.


(1) Attendance List
(2) BRAC Timeline
(3) CERCLA and Status Handouts (482 Kb)
(4) Mr. Brown’s Survey from the Five Year Review
(5) Summary of Environmental Investigations at Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3 (5,663 Kb)

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