RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
NOVEMBER 16, 2005 MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers' Club for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2005. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Mr. Manual Marques, Jr. opened the meeting and welcomed the group.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

The minutes from the October meeting were approved.

PROGRAM UPDATE

Mr. Curtis Frye provided a summary of the Installation Restoration Program. The presentation is provided as enclosure (2). Mr. Frye was hoping to present budgetary information for fiscal year 2006 but could not since the DOD Appropriation Act had not passed, and DOD was operating under temporary legislation provided through Continuing Resolution Authority. He does expect that the funding for fiscal year 2006 will be sufficient to cover planned work. Work expected to occur in this fiscal year includes completion of the Background Report, RI Work Plan and drum removal for the NUSC Disposal Area, completion of the Optimization Review for the OFFTA, completion of the removal action and preparation of the risk assessments and closeout reports for Tank Farms 4 and 5, preparation of the RI report for Gould Island, removal of sand blast grit from Derecktor Shipyard, and restoration of eelgrass at the McAllister Point Landfill.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND EXPERIENCES FROM NEW ORLEANS

Ms. Kymberlee Keckler, who recently spent several weeks in New Orleans, presented photographs and information on the EPA cleanup work in progress to address the Hurricane Katrina response efforts. FEMA provided funding to EPA for more than $190M to provide cleanup assistance and more than 2000 EPA employees and contractors have been involved with the cleanup work. Immediate environmental concerns in the area include loss of marshlands, untreated sewage, decomposing bodies and livestock, and a concoction of toxic chemicals and oils originating from domestic, agricultural and industrial sources that mixed with the floodwaters. EPA's response efforts have included the performance of Environmental Assessments at over 2100 EPA-regulated facilities, drum removal, oil spill cleanup, management of debris, hazardous chemicals, household hazardous waste, and biologically hazardous material, as well as community outreach that included the distribution of over 600,000 flyers on mold, drinking water, household hazardous waste. Ms. Keckler estimated that there is over 22 million tons of debris (more than any American city produces in an entire year) to be disposed of and that cleanup will take more than two years.

OLD BUSINESS

Meeting Announcement for the Newport Daily News - Ms. Cornelia Mueller indicated that she had not had time to make recommended changes to the newspaper advertisement. She will provide the second draft at the next meeting.

Web Site Update - Mr. Thurston Gray added a counter to the RAB web site. In addition, he posted a link on the calendar page with directions to the O'Club.

NEW BUSINESS

Round 1: December 2004 Long-Term Monitoring Report - Copies of the report are available. Comments can be submitted to Ms. Cornelia Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

Focused Site Inspection for Surface Warfare Officers School - Copies of the report are available. Comments can be submitted to Ms. Cornelia Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

Carr Point Shooting Range Water Are Munitions Study - Copies of the report were available. Comments can be submitted to Ms. Cornelia Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

Army Corps Update for RI - Updates were available at the meeting and are provided as enclosure (4).

10th Anniversary - The RAB celebrated its 10th anniversary. The first informal meeting was held in November of 1995.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership Committee - Mr. Thurston Gray reported that we currently have 13 community members; 9 were present.

Project Committee - Mr. Emmet Turley provided information on a phytoremediation research project in China to remove arsenic from soil and on a diver dredging method used to remove unwanted plants from sediment. The information is provided as enclosure (5).

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be on January 17, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.

Enclosures:

(1) Attendance List
(2) Program Update
(3) PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NEW ORLEANS
(4) US Army Corps of Engineers Update Report 73 Kb
(5) Project Report 223 Kb

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