MEETING MINUTES
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD (RAB)
NAVAL STATION NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
September 21, 2011

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officersí Club for their bimonthly meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. The meeting started at 6:30 p.m. See enclosure (1) for the attendance

David Dorocz, the Navy Co-Chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

David Dorocz asked if there were any questions or comments on the previous meeting minutes. The July 20, 2011 minutes were approved.

PRESENTATION: MRP Site Scoring

Maritza Montegross (Navy) did a presentation on rescoring of Munitions Response Program (MRP) Sites. The Munitions Response Site Prioritization Protocol (MRSPP) process is used to determine the priority of MRP sites. This ranking enables the Navy to determine which MRP sites are the most dangerous and should be cleaned up first. MRP ranking is also used to determine funding for the sites. There is one MRP site at Naval Station Newport: MRP Site 1, Former Carr Point Shooting Range. The presentation is provided as enclosure (4).

Kymberlee Keckler (EPA) asked what makes an MRP site ineligible. A site is ineligible under the MRP if it is an active and operational range. The MRP is for other-than-operational ranges and sites such as munitions burial locations.

Ginny Lombardo (EPA) asked when the original priority ranking was done for MRP Site 1. Maritza Montegross responded that it was completed in 2005 along with the WAMS study.

Kymberlee Keckler asked what the difference was between remedial actions and removal actions. Maritza Montegross responded that the removal action involves removing the top two feet of soil in the fenced area where the highest contamination was and that the remedial action will cover the entire site.

John Vikevich asked if Gould Island would be an MRP site. Maritza Montegross responded that it would not. David Brown asked if the sites are ranked against each other. Maritza Montegross responded that it is a stand-alone rating and that the sites are not ranked against each other.

PRESENTATION: NAVSTA Newport IR Program Budget Update

Maritza Montegross (Navy) presented a budget update. The presentation included the actual costs of FY11 and the planned funding for FY12. The presentation is provided as enclosure (5).

There was some discussion regarding the long-term monitoring cost for McAllister Point Landfill. Winoma Johnson (Navy) mentioned that the long-term monitoring frequency has been reduced based on the last Five Year Review. Ginny Lombardo noted that the monitoring costs were lower this year because no toxicity testing was conducted which is very expensive. John Vitkevich commented on how expensive it was to perform long-term monitoring. Kymberlee Keckler responded there needs to be long-term monitoring in order to make sure the contamination is not migrating out of the landfill since there is waste left in place.

Kathy Abbass stated that she thought the Tank Farms had already been closed. David Dorocz explained the difference between closing the tanks and completing the environmental cleanup through the IR program. He noted that the tanks at Tank Farms 4 and 5 have been imploded but Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3 have been cleaned, ballasted and closed in place.

Kymberlee Keckler mentioned that there was talk of adding asbestos sites.

David Brown asked how the Navy got extra money for the Newport IR sites in 2012. Winoma Johnson replied that the additional money was provided to meet the 2014 date. David Brown thanked the Navy for working hard to obtain the extra money and expressed his optimism.

Manuel Marques asked if the demolition of the pier is part of the IR budget. David Dorocz replied that the piers are being demolished under a demolition program which has a separate budget.

Kathy Abbass expressed her concern regarding the 2014 date. She stated that she doesnít think the Navy will get money for site cleanups after 2014 in this economy and political climate. David Dorocz stated that he has checked into these concerns and has been reassured by multiple parties that the Navy will be able to get money after 2014 for site cleanups. Winoma Johnson stated that not all sites fall under the 2014 deadline. Kymberlee Keckler stated that she doesnít believe the Navy will be able to meet the 2014 deadline because she has already seen extension letters. Winoma Johnson replied that they have not asked for extensions on major milestones.

Thurston Gray asked if the future numbers account for inflation. Maritza Montegross replied that the numbers reflect current year dollars.

FIELD WORK UPDATE

Stephen Parker stated that Derecktor Offshore field work to collect sediment cores started today (9/21/11). In addition, field work for Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3 may start later in the Fall.

COMMITTEE REPORT

Thurston Gray reported that 6 of 17 members were present at the meeting. One member was excused. One member, Lucy Bond, is deceased.

OTHER BUSINESS

David Dorocz stated that the expiration date on the community memberís passes have been extended to December 31, 2011. There will be more information provided after the new Commanding Officer arrives in early December about how passes will be handled in the future.

David Brown asked for an update regarding the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill area. Ginny Lombardo stated that the Navy is currently working on responding to the regulatorís comments and that a wetland habitat assessment will be conducted soon. Ginny Lombardo commented that it is likely that the Navy will do a Land Use Control (LUC) Record of Decision (ROD).

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be held on November 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM. Attempts will be made to move the meeting to a different room in the Officerís Club with better acoustics.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Enclosures:
(1) Attendance List
(2) Agenda
(3) Site Progress Chart
(4) Rescoring the Munitions Response Site Prioritization Protocol
(5) NAVSTA Newport IR Program Budget Update

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