Meeting Minutes
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island
November 18, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Courtyard Marriot, Middletown, Rhode Island
Call to Order and Approval of Previous Minutes

David Dorocz (RAB Co-Chair) called the meeting to order and passed the chair to Ms. Margaret Kirschner (RAB Community Co-Chair). Ms. Kirschner introduced Mr. Keith Hamilton, Portsmouth Town Council President, and Mr. Henry Lombardi, Jr. and Mr. Antone Viveiros, Councilors Middletown Town Council. These community leaders presented Dave Dorocz with citations of congratulations from the Middletown and Portsmouth Town Councils. In addition, Ms. Kirschner presented Dave Dorocz with a citation from Newport’s Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano on behalf of Mr. Marco Camacho, Councilor Newport Town Council, who was not able to attend. Lastly, Mr. Henry Lombardi, Jr. and Mr. Antone Viveiros, Councilors Middletown Town Council, presented a citation to Mr. Manuel Marques, a RAB member and resident of the Town of Middletown, recognizing his extraordinary service on the RAB for more than a decade.

Following the presentation, the RAB accepted the minutes from the September 16th meeting.

Technical Presentation

Jim Gravette (Navy) presented a review of the NAVSTA Newport Environmental Restoration Program, which included the history of the various Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) sites and highlights of work completed over the last 20 years. Mr. Gravette highlighted the accomplishments of 2015 specifically, and outlined the work scheduled in 2016, including: Sites 8 (NUSC), 12 (Tank Farm 4), 13 (Tank Farm 5), 17 (Gould Island), and 19 (Derecktor Onshore and Offshore).

Cleanup Highlights

Members of the RAB shared their thoughts about the accomplishments of the ERP at Newport over the past 20 years.
  • Kymberlee Keckler (EPA) shared her feelings of accomplishment at the work completed, including the caps at Site 1 (McAllister Point Landfill) and Site 9 (OFFTA), tank closures at the five tank farms, and multiple 5-Year Reviews.
  • Ms. Kirschner thanked the Navy and EPA for their commitment to the ongoing work at the Naval Station and the enormous amount work completed to date, which is documented in the Administrative Record.
  • Ms. Kathy Abbass (RAB Member) was proud of the work accomplished over the past 20-years, but also voiced concern regarding the amount of work still to be done and the funding to complete it. Ms. Abbass also indicated she has pertinent information regarding shipwrecks and the ongoing munitions investigation.
  • Mr. David Brown (RAB Member) reiterated the original ground rules from the RAB handbook as first presented in 1995. He also shared positive thoughts on the base accomplishments and the potential future land use once cleanup activities are completed.
  • Mr. Dorocz personally thanked the members of the RAB (community members, regulatory members, and Navy members). Mr. Dorocz was most proud of the land reuse proposals across the base, including: the golf courses, solar arrays, wind farms, the implosion of the tanks at the tank farms 4 and 5, and the new gymnasium. Mr. Dorocz also thanked EPA and RIDEM for their commitment to the full and complete remediation of the base and eventual reuse of contaminated sites.
A RAB member voiced his concerns regarding proposed plans to build a wastewater treatment plant at Tank Farms 4 or 5. Mr. Dorocz stated that he is not aware of any plans to build such a facility. On the contrary, the Navy is presently studying a proposal to construct Solar Photovoltaic Arrays at Tank Farms 4 & 5 as well as McAllister Point Landfill. He will bring this concern to the attention of Captain Boyer, the Commanding Officer.

Ms. Kirschner also wanted to thank past members who weren’t present for their service on the RAB. She specifically recognized the late Howard Porter and thanked his daughter Ms. Beth Keefe for Howard’s service on the RAB.

Community Update

The Community Involvement Plan (CIP) update is still on-going. The CIP survey was submitted back in October and will be available for another few days. The results will be provided to the CIP representative at EPA and feedback on how to best use the results will be included in the CIP.

Regulatory Update

EPA is currently looking for a new RPM to manage projects at the base. Additional details will be given to the RAB as they develop.


The RAB meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm. The next RAB meeting will be held on January 20, 2016.

D. D. Dorocz

Enclosures: (1670 Kb)
  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Attendance Sheet
  3. Site Status Summary Table
  4. Site Progress Milestone Chart
  5. Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) Program Overview
  6. Community Involvement Plan Update
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