RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
AUGUST 18, 2004

CALL TO ORDER

The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers' Club for their monthly meeting On Wednesday, August 18, 2004. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and finished at 9:00 p.m.

See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.

Ms. Mueller opened the meeting and welcomed the group.

APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES

The minutes from the May and June meetings were approved.

PRESENTATIONS

McAllister Point Landfill Operation and Maintenance

Mr. Robert Tess of Environmental Chemical Corporation presented the operation and maintenance program and annual settling survey results for the McAllister Point Landfill. His presentation is provided as enclosure (2).

Inspections are conducted semi-annually and settlement is monitored annually. Mr. Tess reported that the landfill cap and the surrounding area are in excellent condition. Settlement measurements and vent gas monitoring results were normal. Sediment and habitat sampling will be completed in the future.

The RAB suggested the Navy post signage at the Landfill to report unusual activity; that the CO make yearly reports to the public on the condition of the Landfill; and that the Navy should conduct a study of the wildlife and vegetation associated with the Landfill. Access to the Landfill is restricted.

Navy Budget Overview and Proposed RAB Rule

Ms. Mueller discussed the Navy budget presentation provided by Mr. Paul Yaroschak at the Navy RAB Training Workshop she attended in Salt Lake City (see enclosure (3)). The total DOD budget for FY04 was $380B; the total Navy budget for FY04 was $106B; $1B was used to fund Navy-wide environmental work, including compliance, clean up, conservation, and pollution prevention. The Navy budget to fund clean up activities at active bases was $255M.

Ms. Mueller and Mr. Marques also provided information they received at the Workshop on the public comment period for the proposed RAB Rule. OMB (Office of Management and Budget) will open a public comment period for sixty days, starting sometime in September. The proposed RAB Rule and information regarding procedures for submitting comments will be issued through the Federal Register. Ms. Mueller will notify the RAB members when the proposed rule is issued and the comment period opens.

The RAB requested that the remediation technologies information presented at the Workshop be presented at a meeting in the future.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership Committee

Mr. Gray reported that there are currently 13 registered members of the RAB; seven were in attendance. Mr. Gray submitted updates to the mission statement, provided in enclosure (4), for RAB approval. Black and blue text represents existing language; red text represents new language; and gray text represents language to be deleted. Comments should be submitted to tgraysr@aol.com by 15 September.

Planning Committee

Mr. Frye and Ms. Mueller will provide a draft calendar to Mr. McGrath for October 2004 through March of 2005.

Project Committee

Mr. Turley discussed URI's Coastal Institute. His information is provided as enclosure (5). The Institute is comprised of partnerships and fellows who are dedicated to understanding and resolving the environmental issues that degrade coastal ecosystems.

Education Committee

There was no report from the Education Committee. The Education Committee Chair was not present.

NEW BUSINESS

Dr. Brown discussed the risk ranking process for clean up sites. His handouts are included as enclosure (6).

Dr. Brown urged the Navy to update the previous risk ranking, completed in 1997, for Naval Station sites.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be on September 15, 2004, at 5:30 p.m. The group will meet at the Officers' Club for a tour of the Old Fire Fighting Training Area, Tank Farm 3, the NUSC Disposal Area, the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area, the LNG Facility at Derecktor Shipyard, and the parking area at the Surface Warfare Officers School.

Enclosures:
(1) Attendance List
(2) McAllister Point Landfill Operation and Maintenance (729 Kb)
(3) Navy Budget Overview
(4) Proposed Mission Statement
(5) Project Committee Report
(6) Risk Ranking