RAB MEETING MINUTES

NAVAL STATION NEWPORT
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
November 19, 2003
MINUTES

On Wednesday, November 19, 2003, the NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their monthly meeting. The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. and ended at 9:00 p.m.

In attendance were John Vitkevich, Thomas McGrath, David Brown, Christopher Burnett, Emmet Turley, James Myers, Thurston Gray, Thomas Reardon, Howard Porter, Manuel Marques, Claudette Weissinger, Kathy Abbass, John Lennon, Franco LaGreca (EFANE), Curtis Frye (EFANE), Steve Parker (TtNUS), Richard Woodworth (TtFWI), David Dorocz (NAVSTA), Gregg Kohlweiss (NAVSTA), Kathy Marley (NAVSTA), Richard Machado (NUWC), Paul Kulpa (RIDEM), and Kymberlee Keckler (USEPA).

Mr. John Vitkevich opened the meeting and welcomed the group.

Mr. Franco LaGreca announced that there is a new Remedial Project Manager for Naval Station Newport. Mr. Curtis Frye of the Engineering Field Activity Northeast (EFANE) was introduced and welcomed by the group.

MEETING MINUTES

The following changes are made to the October minutes, as recently requested by the Aquidneck Island Citizens Advisory Board (AICAB). The two changes requested are as follows:

On page 3, paragraph 5, the minutes state that the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) possesses the TAG for the Naval Station Newport. Please change the minutes to read that the Aquidneck Island Citizens Advisory Board (AICAB) possesses the local TAG.

Secondly, in the same paragraph the minutes read that the total TAG to the AICAB is presently for 115K. Please correct the sentence to read: The total TAG to the AICAB is presently for 150K.

1998-2003 GOULD ISLAND DEMOLITION AND CLEANUP ACTIONS PRESENTATION BY – RICK WOODWORTH (TtFWI)

Mr. Rick Woodworth gave a presentation on the Gould Island demolition and cleanup actions from 1998 to 2003. Enclosure (1) is provided as a copy of the slide show presented. The enclosure includes a copy of the Gould Island site plan.

Mr. Woodworth showed photographs of the various buildings and structures prior to their demolition. He briefed the RAB on the various task orders funded by the Navy and summarized the work performed on the island.

The work performed on the island included reconstruction of the barge landing, demolition of various buildings, remediation of underground storage tanks (USTs), as well as the removal of approximately five acres of concrete.

Ms. Kymberlee Keckler asked if the Navy had a UST closure approval from the state. Mr. David Dorocz stated that the closure application was filed and further information on the closure certificate will be provided.

Mr. Rick Woodworth stated that concrete roadway sampling was performed. Concrete removal and soil excavation was also part of the project. A schematic of the concrete roadway sampling is shown in enclosure (1).

Mr. Woodworth briefed the RAB on the former transformer vaults on the island. The transformer vaults were demolished and the concrete slabs were then sampled and removed for disposal. He stated the highest concentration of PCB contamination was found at the Building 54 transformer vault. Enclosure (1) shows the extensive work performed at this location.

Mr. Woodworth told the RAB that approximately 1,000 tons of steel was removed as scrap metal and sent to a recycling facility. Enclosure (1) further details all the materials disposed of off-site, during the 1998-2003 Gould Island demolition and cleanup actions.

NUWC DISPOSAL AREA INVESTIGATION – UPDATE ON FINDINGS PRESENTATION BY – STEVE PARKER (TtNUS)

Mr. Steve Parker gave an update presentation on the further findings of the NUWC Disposal Area investigations. Mr. Parker began with a review of the investigations and enclosure (2) is provided as a copy of the slide show presented. The enclosure summarizes the new findings and lists the next steps of the investigations.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership Committee - Thurston Gray

Mr. Thurston Gray announced there are presently thirteen community members and all were present at the meeting.

Mr. John Vitkevich stated that the revision of the RAB Mission Statement has been completed and signed by all.

Planning Committee - Thomas McGrath

Mr. Thomas McGrath discussed the RAB Planning Schedule for the upcoming months. Enclosure(3) is a copy of the revised Planning Schedule.

Education Committee - Kathy Abbass

No report by Committee Chair.

Project Committee - Emmet Turley

Mr. Emmet Turley discussed the clean up proposal for the Fox River in Wisconsin, similar to that which is being done along the Providence River. The article describes one of the dangers of dredging, “volatilization of PCBs”. Enclosure (4) is provided as this months Project Committee Report.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. John Vitkevich announced there will be no meeting in the month of December 2003.

Mr. Vitkevich told the RAB that it will soon be time for a Community co-chair election. He asked the RAB to think about candidates and provide their nominations for the upcoming election in January. He further stated that volunteers to represent the various committees will also be welcomed.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the RAB will be on January 21, 2004, at 7:00 p.m., at the Officers Club.

Enclosures:
(1) 1998-2003 Gould Island Demolition and Cleanup Actions
(2) NUWC Disposal Area – Study Area Screening Investigation (547 kB)
(3) Planning Committee - Planning Schedule (26 kB)
(4) Project Committee memorandum and Report dated November 19, 2003 (788 kB)