Meeting Minutes

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

May 21, 2014, 6:00 – 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 from the March 19th RAB meeting were accepted.

Site Progress Update

Mark Kauffman (Resolution Consultants) distributed the site status summary and site progress milestones handouts. Mark and Steve Parker (Tetra Tech) briefly noted highlights of recent accomplishments. Highlights included the completion of the Derecktor Shipyard Onshore proposed plan for presentation to the community after tonight’s RAB meeting, followed by a 30-day public comment period. Field investigation activities at Tank Farm 4 started this week with a pre-design investigation (PDI) to better define the areas of the site to excavate per the selected remedy. The Carr Point Shooting Range and Coddington Point field investigations were recently completed, and pre-investigation brush clearing was completed to prepare for the Carr Point Storage Area field investigation. Additionally, the Old Fire Fighting Training Area (OFFTA) remediation was completed during the month, and a post-remediation inspection was scheduled for Thursday after tonight’s RAB meeting.

Community Update

Margaret Kirschner (Community RAB Co-Chair) provided an update on recent community outreach efforts. Margaret provided information from independent research regarding sites similar to Gould Island for context, stating the scale of the project is approximately 1/20 of the large Hudson River dredging project in New York. Additionally, Margaret shared information regarding Brown University’s NIEHS-related organization (http://www.brown.edu/Research/SRP/), which provides independent assistance for communities near NPL sites. David Brown (RAB member) and Margaret suggested ideas to increase membership, including reviewing which other entities would benefit most from having this information made available in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, and Jamestown.

Margaret suggested making the NAVSTA historical record available to the local universities (such as Salve Regina and CCRI) for students and faculty who are interested in environmental science and engineering. The group agreed, but also noted this was outside the purview of the RAB and Navy obligations to the community, and would not necessarily pursue this further at this time.

Technical Assistant Grant (TAG) Grant

Bob Shewack (EPA) presented information regarding EPA Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) opportunities. The purpose of the TAG Grant system is for communities with NPL sites to hire a technical advisor to act as an independent reviewer. Bob further explained the responsibility of the technical advisor and the community group, the eligibility of community groups, and the application process. Discussion continued regarding the qualifications of the technical advisor and the context of eligible community groups. The presentation slides and fact sheet provide further information and are provided with these minutes for reference.

The RAB committee discussed ways to get the community more involved including using social media and channels through the EPA community outreach. During the discussion, the group noted a suggestion to update the community relations plan (CRP), produced in July 1990.

Adjournment

The RAB meeting adjourned at 7:00pm. Topics for the next RAB meeting on July 16th will include NUSC remediation progress and further discussion on ideas to enhance community involvement.

/S/
D. D. Dorocz

Enclosures: (257Kb)

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Site Status Summary and Path Forward
  • Site Progress Milestones
  • Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Presentation Slides
  • EPA Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program Fact Sheet

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