November 18, 2009 MEETING


The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officersí Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 8:35 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 September meeting were approved as noted. Mr. John Vitkevich would like the September and November minutes to indicate that he had excused absences for both meetings.


Mr. Steve Parker, of TetraTech, presented the results of the site investigation the Navy completed at the Carr Point Shooting Range. The property was studied this past spring. Soil and sediment samples were collected at the Shooting Range site. Lead pellets were found in the sediment samples, and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), likely from clay targets, and nitroglycerine (propellants) were found in soil samples. Soil and groundwater samples were collected at the Storage Area site. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and PAHS were round in surface soils, PAHS and PCE (percholorethylene) were found in subsurface soils, and PCE and TCE (trichloroethylene) were found in groundwater. TCE and PCE are chemicals that are used in dry cleaning and in cleaning metal parts of machines. TCE and PCE are VOCs (chemicals such as solvents and fuels that evaporate easily).

The Shooting Range site will move forward to the Remedial Investigation phase in the Munitions Response Program (MRP). The Storage Area site will move forward to the Remedial Investigation phase but will be moved to the Installation Restoration Program (IRP).


Ms. Winoma Johnson, the Navy Remedial Project Manager, presented the summary of the projects awarded during fiscal year 2009 (October 2008 through September of 2009). These included the remainder of the revetment for the Old Fire Fighting Training Area, fieldwork for the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study at the NUSC (Naval Underwater Systems Center) site, and onshore field work at the Derecktor Shipyard for the Risk Assessment. In total, $2.3M worth of work was awarded.

The 2010 (October 2009 through September 2011) Execution Plan has a total budget of $3.7M. Planned awards include Feasibility Studies at Tank Farms 4 and 5, Remedial Investigations at Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3, additional work at Carr Point, fieldwork at the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area and completion of a Feasibility Study at Gould Island.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs (on behalf of the Narragansett and Wampanoag tribes) has until December 4 to file their application with the Navy if they are interested in the BRAC property.

The Navy announced on November 3rd that the Environmental Condition of Property (ECP) Report for the excess property at the Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island was complete. The ECP report summarizes the historical, cultural, and environmental conditions of the BRAC property (the Former Naval Hospital Complex, the Former Navy Lodge, portions of Defense Highway, Stringham Road, and Midway/Green Lane, Tank Farm 1, and Tank Farm 2). It is available at href="http://www.bracpmo.navy.mil/announcements.aspx#58.


Ms. Lisa Rama, Naval Stationís Public Affairs Officer, asked the RAB members for their input on renewable energy projects. Mr. David Brown indicated that wind turbines no longer create the noise nuisance that earlier models did. Ms. Kathy Abbass indicated that a new unforeseen benefit of some wind turbines has been as aids to navigation. Ms. Claudette Weissinger advised that recurring problems with the turbine in Portsmouth underscore the need for a good maintenance contract.

Ms. Mueller asked the RAB members to consider changing the meeting start time from 7 pm to 6 pm. The members approved this change. Meetings from now on will begin at 6 pm and end of 8 pm.

Committees with vacant chair positions will be inactivated. Mr. Thurston Gray will change the website accordingly. Ms. Mueller will indicate inactive committees on future agendas.


Ms. Mueller reported on the status of several construction projects. Naval Station Newport will be erecting a MET tower on Tank Farm 4. The tower is used to collect meterological data for possible renewable energy projects at Naval Station Newport.

The Marine Reserves will be installing and occupying 3 temporary trailers on Derecktor Shipyard just south of Pier 1 for 16 months.

The project to construct a new fitness facility has started. The work includes the demolition of several buildings (including BLDG 144 on the Old Fire Fighting Training Area) and the construction of a parking lot on the site.


Ms. Mueller reported that field work will continue at Tank Farm 1.


Mr. Gray reported that 9 of 17 members were present at the meeting. Naval Stationís Public Works Officer, CDR Bo Gregor, also attended.


The next meeting of the RAB will be held on January 20, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.


(1) Attendance List
(2) Results of the Site Investigation of the Carr Point Shooting Range
(3) Installation Restoration Budget Update

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