Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 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, May 15, 2013. The meeting started at 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. D. Dorocz introduced two new attendees at the RAB, Bob Berner and Shirley Lally.


Dave Brown (RAB) provided minor comments on the meeting minutes from the March 20, 2013 meeting. Otherwise, the meeting minutes were accepted.


Mark Kauffman (Resolution) presented a brief overview of the Site Progress Milestone Chart (enclosed), which provides an update of site progress.

M. Kauffman and Steve Parker (Tetra Tech) provided site-specific updates following the Site Status Summary handout (enclosed). During this discussion, the following clarifications were made beyond what is presented on the handout:

  • Claudette Weissinger (RAB) asked when the McAllister Point Landfill data would be available for the public. Maritza Montegross (Navy) indicated that reports/data through 2010 are posted on the website: The 2011 and 2012 reports will be posted when they become available.

  • Margaret Kirschner (RAB) asked where she could get additional information on the McAllister Point Landfill. M. Montegross and Ginny Lombardo (EPA) provide some information about the site and suggested Margaret review the 2012 Long-Term Monitoring (LTM) report once available. S. Parker suggested review of the last 5-year review report which was issued in 2009.

  • M. Kauffman highlighted that the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area (CCRF) Draft Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) Addendum was submitted on May 13, 2013.

  • S. Parker highlighted that the first step in the remedial design at NUSC is a soil cap.

  • D. Brown asked about stormwater monitoring events. M. Montegross clarified that monitoring is done annually and the 5-year review would report if the system is working properly. D. Brown asked how deficiencies would be addressed. M. Montegross and D. Dorocz explained there is a process to be followed subsequent to the 5-year review report.

  • S. Parker indicated that the public hearing for Tank Farm 4, Category 1, will be held on June 19, 2013 at a location to be determined (TBD). An announcement will be published in the local newspapers. S. Parker explained there will be a 30-day comment period following the public hearing with goal of having a Record of Decision (ROD) finalized in September 2013. D. Dorocz asked whether there was a presentation on the Tank Farm 4, Category 1, Proposed Plan (PP). S. Parker explained that the schedule is being accelerated and that there was a presentation on the Feasibility Study (FS) presentation during the November 2012 RAB meeting, however, at that time, the PP had not yet been drafted. The possibility of holding another RAB meeting to provide a brief to the group was discussed, but S. Parker provided a preview of the proposed remedy Tank Farm 4, Category 1. Using the November presentation as a basis, S. Parker indicated that the Navy will be proposing soil alternative 3 [excavation of target area impacted soil, and Land Use Controls (LUCs)] to address PAHs and metals in soil and groundwater alternative 2 [monitored natural attenuation (MNA)] to address metals in groundwater. Discussions continued between M. Kirschner and S. Parker regarding MNA, risk assessment and land use.

    D. Dorocz clarified that the RAB has their first opportunity to provide comments on possible alternatives when there is a presentation on the FS. G. Lombardo and M. Montegross also indicated that there is a second opportunity to comment on the remedy when the proposed plan is issued and at the public hearing. There was discussion on basics of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) process. Kathy Abbass (RAB) reminded everyone that there as a training manual for new RAB members that includes the basics of the CERCLA process.

  • Following a similar schedule as stated above for Tank Farm 4, Category 1, S. Parker indicated that the public hearing for Tank Farm 5, Category 1, will be held tentatively on July 17, 2013 at a location TBD, in conjunction with the RAB meeting, again with a goal of having a ROD finalized in September 2013. S. Parker indicated that soil alternative 3 (cover impacted soil in place with LUCs) to address arsenic in soil and groundwater alternative 2 (MNA) to address metals in groundwater were chosen as remedies for Tank Farm 5, Category 1. There was discussion regarding the arsenic concentrations in soil. D. Dorocz clarified that currently the Navy has no plans for Tank Farms 1 through 4; however, the Navy may use Tank Farm 5 for future expansion. There was discussion regarding future use of the land and how the current process takes into account future use. G. Lombardo added that this is also accounted for in the LUCs (i.e., the LUCs would prevent certain use of the property). D. Dorocz also clarified that sites would require additional cleanup for future uses that are residential or unrestricted recreational.

  • There was discussion as to whether or not the Category 2 and 3 sites at Tank Farms are subject to the RAB. M. Montegross agreed to check on this detail.

    PRESENTATION: Carr Point (MRP Site 1) Site Removal Action

    M. Montegross gave a brief presentation on the removal action recently completed at Carr Point (MRP Site 1) (see attached presentation). M. Montegross explained that the first foot of material was removed across the site and then 1/3 of the site, dependent on analytical results, a second foot of material was removed. The area was backfilled, the fence to prevent access to the Bay was replaced and the area was seeded. There is no longer a fenced area for the recreational vehicle (RV) park. A Removal Action Completion Report will be provided in the future. M. Montegross explained that this was an interim action and that Resolution will still complete the Remedial Investigation (RI) at the site.

    M. Montegross explained that 1,900 cubic yards were transported off-site and disposed of at a landfill. M. Montegross also indicated that the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) provided the cleanup criteria.


    Thurston Gray (RAB) indicated the RAB may want to consider electing a new co-chair, as the existing co-chair is considering discontinuation of his role. D. Brown emphasized the need for community outreach.

    There were no reports from EPA or RIDEM.


    D. Dorocz indicated that Ideas to Increase Membership would need to be revisited. G. Lombardo pointed out that M. Kirschner suggested using the two upcoming public hearings to involved new community members.


    The next meeting of the RAB will be held on July 17, 2013. The location will be announced at a later date, since it will be combined with the public hearing for Tank Farm 5. In addition, D. Dorocz is still exploring possible new locations for future RAB meetings.


    The meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.

    D. D. Dorocz

    Meeting Agenda
    Attendance Sheet
    Site Progress Milestones
    Site Status Summary
    Carr Point (MRP Site 1) Site Removal Action Presentation

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