Meeting Minutes
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island
November 19, 2014, 6:30 – 7:30 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 floor was given to Margaret Kirschner who introduced Sarah Atkins from the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC). Ms. Atkins explained the purpose and responsibilities of the AIPC as well as their goals for the coming year. The RAB accepted the minutes from the September 17th meeting.

Site Progress Update

Mark Kauffman (Resolution Consultants) distributed the site status summary and site progress milestones handouts. Jim Gravette (NAVFAC MIDLANT) briefly noted highlights of recent accomplishments. Mr. Gravette explained the CERCLA process and the purpose of the Remedial Design (RD). Furthermore, he explained that RDs are currently being developed for Tank Farm 4, Tank Farm 5, Gould Island, and Derecktor Onshore/Offshore. Ms. Kirschner asked about the health and safety process for the workers conducting the remedial actions. Steve Parker (Tetra Tech) explained that the work will be conducted by construction specialists who will develop site specific Health and Safety Plans. Mr. Dorocz requested several format changes to the site status table. These included site specific dates for upcoming submittals, and notes such as NA or TBD to clarify expectations for each of the sites.

Technical Presentation

Mr. Gravette presented the status update for Site 9, Old Fire Fighting Training Area (OFFTA). He introduced the site history explaining the land use and sources of contamination. A remedy was developed and approved in 2010 that included:
  • Soil and asphalt caps
  • A fitness center was designed and incorporated into the cap design
  • Long-term monitoring
Long-term monitoring (soil, sediment, and groundwater), land use controls, and the five-year review process are currently in place as protective measures. Ms. Kirschner asked for a clarification on the ESD to groundwater at the site made in the summer 2014. EPA and the Navy explained the arsenic standard was changed to a performance standard (10 ppb) since the water was not intended to be used as a drinking water source.

Claudette Weissinger (RAB Member) requested more information on the Site 1, McAllister Point Landfill long-term monitoring (LTM) program, specifically relative to groundwater and landfill gas results. Additionally, Dave Brown (RAB Member) asked to have the grass species made available to the RAB, specifically noting his recollection that it was an experimental grass species that was to be considered for other applications if successful here. Mr. Gravette suggested that the most recent LTM report will be made available to the RAB prior to the next meeting. Mr. Gravette also offered to provide more detail regarding the LTM program as part of a presentation at the next meeting, which could include the broader five-year review recently completed for the Naval Station.

Community Update

Ms. Kirschner extended invitations to new RAB members and will provide their e-mail addresses to Mr. Dorocz. Ms. Kirschner will also be creating information packets to provide to new committee members in Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport, and Jamestown. Ms. Kirschner would like to have CDs made available for the purpose of making a Chair binder. The Navy noted that the CDs are available in each of the local libraries, but it would make an additional copy for the Chair.

Regulatory Update

Kymberlee Keckler (EPA) introduced a new EPA team member, Jane Dolan. Jane is now responsible for the Tank Farms. Ms. Keckler will continue providing oversight for EPA at the other sites she is currently involved with.


The RAB meeting adjourned at 7:45pm. Topics for the next RAB meeting on January 21st will potentially include groundwater results from Site 1, McAllister Point Landfill, the Five-year Review, or MRP RI Results.

D. D. Dorocz

Enclosures: (1893Kb)
  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Attendance Sheet
  3. Site Status Summary and Path Forward
  4. Site Progress Milestones
  5. Fire Fighting Training Area Slides

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