Meeting Minutes
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island
September 17, 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 meeting minutes from the July 16th RAB meeting were accepted. David Brown (RAB Member) asked new members to introduce themselves and indicate what community they represent.

Site Progress Update

Mark Kauffman (Resolution Consultants) distributed the site status summary and site progress milestones handouts. Mark Kauffman briefly noted highlights of recent accomplishments, including the signing of the Derecktor Onshore and Offshore Records of Decision (RODs). David Brown asked a question regarding the funding for the next fiscal. Mark Kauffman stated that the overall funding for all sites is part of the forthcoming technical presentation, and that the Navy is in the process of ensuring that funding needs are programmed for FY15.

Technical Presentation

Jim Gravette (Navy) prepared a presentation to provide an overview of the ongoing sites at Naval Station Newport; however, due to a family illness, he was unable to attend. Mark Kauffman provided the presentation on his behalf. The presentation slides are attached for reference. Specific clarifying items based on community comments included the following items:
  • The Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) includes both Installation Restoration Program (IRP) sites and Munitions Response Program (MRP) sites
  • The Environmental Managers Executive Committee (EMEC) Team consists of senior managers from the Navy, EPA Region I, and all of the New England states. The group brings forward key schedule expectations for specific sites, finalizes them, and subsequently provides their goals to EPA headquarters.
  • Other sites (such as petroleum-only sites and property transfer sites) were not included in the presentation and are not specifically managed by the team that participates in the RAB meetings. The Navy and regulatory representatives who participate at the RAB meetings, as well as the focus of the RAB itself, are focused on those sites that are included within the Navy’s ERP, as outlined during the technical presentation.
Kathy Abbass (RAB Member) noted that she conducted independent research regarding lost torpedoes and where they might be located. She will provide the results of her findings once she is complete.

The RAB asked for further clarification regarding the transfer of Navy property that is not under the ERP process, and how that is managed. David Dorocz (RAB Chair) explained that all Navy property planned for transfer must be in a condition that is suitable for transfer. The Navy meets this requirement by performing a study called an Environmental Condition of Property (ECP) and, if the results show the property is suitable to transfer, the Navy executes a Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST). Buildings and structures are also surveyed as part of the ECP for the potential presence of asbestos and lead-based paint. He also explained that studies performed under the National Environmental Policy act (NEPA) like the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) that is underway for the BRAC properties at Naval Station Newport examines the environmental effects of redeveloping the property.

Community Update

Margaret Kirschner (RAB Co-Chair) was absent from the meeting due to a death in her family. No other RAB members had community updates.

Regulatory Update

No regulatory updates were provided.

Adjournment and Possible Topics for the Next Meeting

The next RAB meeting will be conducted on November 19th. Topics suggested for consideration include the following items. The selection of a topic to present will be based on the status of that topic as the meeting date approaches.
  1. McAllister Point Landfill (IR Site 1) Long-term Monitoring (LTM) program
  2. Carr Point Shooting Range (MRP Site 1) Remedial Investigation (RI) results
  3. Emerging technologies being applied at the Naval Station (suggestion from Dave Brown)
The RAB meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

D. D. Dorocz

Enclosures: (494Kb)
  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Attendance Sheet
  3. Site Status Summary and Path Forward
  4. Site Progress Milestones
  5. Annual EMEC Targets
  6. ERP Overview Presentation Slides

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