Meeting Minutes
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island
September 16, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Courtyard Marriot, Middletown, Rhode Island
Call to Order and Approval of Previous Minutes

David Dorocz (RAB Co-Chair) called the meeting to order. Mr. Dorocz introduced a new attendee, Kurt Vannah from the Wanumetonomy Golf Club Board of Directors. The RAB accepted the minutes from the July 15th meeting.

Site Progress Update

Mark Kauffman (Resolution Consultants) presented the site progress milestone handout and specifically highlighted the remedial actions on-going and scheduled at the tank farms. Mr. Dorocz requested the table be updated to reflect recent personnel changes within the Naval Station and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The RAB inquired about the next Records of Decision (RODs) coming for review, and noted that Tanks 53 & 56 may be next. Mr. Kauffman clarified that the Tanks 53 & 56 ROD is now being placed on-hold to strategize with the regulatory agencies on whether a more efficient approach applies, such as deferring that ROD until the team is prepared to consider the entire tank farm closed. These new revisions to the handouts will be applied prior to the November meeting. Ms. Margaret Kirschner (RAB Co-Chair) asked Mr. Kauffman to provide some additional explanation of the tank farm categories for the benefit of new attendees. Mr. Kauffman briefly described the creation of the tank farm categories to better organize and track the variety of activities and programs under separate regulatory programs.

Technical Presentation

Jim Gravette (Navy) provided a technical presentation on the status of current and near-term remedial actions at Sites 8, 12, 13, 17, and 19. Mr. Vannah asked for a timeframe as to when the pond water at the NUSC Disposal Area could be available for use again by the Wanumetonomy Golf Club. Mr. Gravette explained that the pond was the furthest downgradient item at the NUSC site. The Navy and agencies have developed an upgradient-to-downgradient approach of first addressing soil, then addressing groundwater, prior to considering the site suitable for assessing water quality in the pond. Mr. Gravette estimated that process would require at least 3 or 4 years prior to assessing pond water quality to support the Golf Club’s interests. Mr. Vannah appreciated that response and will ensure the Golf Club is aware of the general timeframe.

Regarding Sites 12 and 13, Shirley Lally (RAB Member) asked if samples had been collected outside the property boundaries. Mr. Gravette responded yes, and pointed to the southeast portion of the planned soil cover at Site 13 (Tank Farm 5) where the Navy continued to sample soil outside of the study area to ensure that soil impacts were sufficiently defined prior to implementing the soil cover.

Regarding Site 19, David Brown (RAB Member) asked whether the Coast Guard was informed of the proposed dredging. Mr. Gravette and Deborah Moore (NAVSTA Newport) indicated that the base and Coast Guard were in communication and that any Coast Guard ships would be relocated during dredging. Ms. Lally asked where the contaminated sediment would be sent after dewatering. Mr. Gravette and Kymberlee Keckler (EPA) explained that the sediment receiving location has not yet been selected, but it would depend on the contaminant characteristics of the sediment, as well as the compliance status of the candidate location. EPA also clarified that it would not likely be sent anywhere in Rhode Island because there aren’t any suitable locations to receive contaminated sediment.

RAB 20th Anniversary Planning

The RAB members discussed the planned logistics for the RAB 20th anniversary celebration. Kathy Abbass (RAB Member) suggested creating a sub-committee to plan the celebration, and volunteered to chair that sub-committee. Potential ideas included town commendations and hosting an open house for the evening, as well as cake.

Community Update

Ms. Kirschner and Mr. Brown noted that they both attended a public meeting at a local library. Mr. Brown and Ms. Kirschner used that opportunity to discuss the purpose of the RAB and the current status of Newport environmental sites. Ms. Kirchner asked about the library posters. Mr. Kauffman indicated the posters were already placed in each of the town libraries. The RAB also asked about the status of the community questionnaires to support the upcoming Community Involvement Plan. Mr. Gravette indicated that the Navy has internal approval and is proceeding with that process.

Regulatory Update

EPA noted that Desiree Moyer has left the organization and will be replaced. There were no RIDEM updates.


The RAB meeting adjourned at 8:00pm. Topics for the next RAB meeting on November 18th could include the Tank Farm 4 soil removal status. However, the group acknowledge that time may be limited given the 20th RAB anniversary celebration.

D. D. Dorocz

Enclosures: (1216Kb)
  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Attendance Sheet
  3. Site Status Summary Table
  4. Site Progress Milestones Chart
  5. Cleanup Actions (Site 8, 12, 13, 17, 19) Presentation Slides

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