NAVAL STATION (NAVSTA) NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MINUTES
OCTOBER 19, 2005 MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2005. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and adjourned at 9:00 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 July and September meetings 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 able to make several end-of-year awards. These included awards to prepare risk assessments for Tank Farms 4 and 5, conduct a base-wide background study, remove sand blast grit from Derecktor Shipyard discovered during a project to construct the new North Gate, and plant eelgrass at the McAllister Point Landfill. Spending for fiscal year 2005 was less than planned (i.e. $6.8M planned, $3.7M actually spent), largely because the Phase II soil removal action at the Old Fire Fighting Training Area was not awarded. Since the Navy and the regulators have not agreed on an overall site remedy, the Navy made a decision in the spring of 2005 to postpone the soil removal and undergo an Optimization Review of the site to aid in determining the best overall clean-up strategy. Mr. Frye discussed the Navy’s Optimization strategy at the RAB meeting held on May 18, 2005. Mr. Frye expects that funding for fiscal year 2006 will range between $2.5M and $3M.

NATURAL RESOUCE MONITORING

Dr. David Brown raised concern related to natural resource monitoring at Naval Station’s cleanup sites. It is his position that the Navy should monitor the cleanup sites for soil erosion, flora and fauna, invasive species, wildlife habitats, and the like, and that the Navy should not limit monitoring to eelgrass and shellfish found only in offshore areas. Dr. Brown provided a handout that is included as enclosure (3). He has voiced his concern for the natural resources associated with the Navy cleanup sites at several previous meetings. Since his concerns were not addressed in the minutes of those meetings, he wanted to ensure that his request was understood and that it is made part of the record.

OLD BUSINESS

Meeting Announcement for the Newport Daily News – Ms. Cornelia Mueller provided handouts of the existing newspaper advertisement (enclosure (4)), as well as a sample of the updated version (see enclosure (5)). RAB members made several suggestions to improve the format. Ms. Mueller will make the changes and provide a second draft at the next meeting.

In addition, the RAB members suggested that the meeting announcement be provided to various organizations on Aquidneck Island and that notice of the meeting be placed in the calendar section of local newspapers.

NEW BUSINESS

Meetings for FY (Fiscal Year) 2006 – The meeting schedule for upcoming FY 2006 was set; meetings will be held on November 16, January 18, March 15, May 17, July 19, and September 20.

Army Corps Update for RI – Updates were available at the meeting and are provided as enclosure (6).

Department of the Navy Environmental Restoration Report for Fiscal Years 2005-2009 – Copies of the report were available at the meeting.

Soil Pre-Design Investigation Report Addendum for the Old Fire Fighting Training Area – Copies of the report were made available at the meeting. Comments can be submitted to Ms. Cornelia Mueller at cornelia.mueller@navy.mil.

Community Relations Plan – Ms. Mueller reported that the Navy had awarded a contract to LFR of Warwick, RI to update the Community Relations Plan (the current version is more than 10 years old). Ms. Mueller will ensure that the RAB has an opportunity to comment on the draft version of the plan before it is finalized.

10th Anniversary – The next meeting in November will mark the 10th anniversary of the RAB. The first informal meeting was held in November of 1995. Dr. David Brown suggested that the Navy take advantage of this occasion and prepare a press release to highlight the efforts made by the Navy and the RAB to cleanup sites at Naval Station.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership Committee – Mr. Thurston Gray reported that we currently have 12 community members; 8 were present.

Project Committee – Mr. Emmet Turley provided information on the risks of the proposed LNG facility. The information is provided as enclosure (7).

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be on November 16, 2005, at 5:00 p.m.

Enclosures:

(1) Attendance List
(2) Program Update
(3) Natural Resource Monitoring Request
(4) Existing Meeting Announcement
(5) Draft Meeting Announcement
(6) USACE Update of July 2005 for Rhode Island (1,064 Kb)
(7) Project Report

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