NOVEMBER 17, 2004


The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers' Club for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 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.


The minutes from the October meeting were approved.


Former Derecktor Shipyard Sediment Sample Collection and Analysis Summer 2004

Mr. Stephen Parker of Tetra Tech NUS Inc. presented the results for the recent sediment sampling at the site of the former Derecktor Shipyard. Sediments were collected from stations identified in a conceptual model that was designed to address Derecktor Shipyard site operations. Sediment chemistry was compared to preliminary remediation goals (PRGs) established previously in the risk assessment for Derecktor Shipyard. The lead, PAH, and total PCB PRGs were each exceeded at one station near Pier 1. The benzo(a)pyrene PRG was exceeded at two stations near the former setup shop. Chemistry results for sediment samples collected this past summer were compared to the chemistry results obtained for samples collected in 1995. Ranges and averages were lower in 2004 when compared to 1995. This presentation is provided as enclosure (2).

Tank Farms 4 & 5 Site Investigation Progress Update

Ms. Janice McIntosh of Tetra Tech FW, Inc. presented an update on the investigation work in progress at the tank farms. The work involves testpitting around former underground tanks, sampling at piping and review areas, and removing contaminated soil (see enclosure (3)). Testpitting operations have been completed; no sludge pits were discovered, however, contaminated soil has been identified at Tank Farm 5 (Tank No. 50). The work will be completed this winter.


Membership Committee

The Chair reported that seven of 11 members were in attendance. No new member applications were received since the last report.

Planning Committee

There was no Planning Committee report. The Committee Chair was not present.

Project Committee

The Committee Chair provided a handout on dredging processes. This information is provided as enclosure (4).

Committees - No New Progress to Report
Education Committee
Rules Committee

Committees - No Chairperson
Public Information Committee
Nominating Committee


The Navy provided clarification on a letter Mr. Porter had received from the Navy dated August 16, 2004 (see enclosure (5)). The letter was provided to abutters of Navy property in the area of BLDG 70. The BLDG 70 work is not related to the IR activities at Tank Farms 4 and 5. This work at BLDG 70 is being conducted under the Navy's leaking underground storage program and is subject to the state's site remediation regulations. These state regulations require that notification letters be sent to all abutting property owners. The work at Tank Farms 4 and 5 is part of the Navy's IR program and is subject to the federal CERCLA regulations. These federal regulations require that the Navy inform the public of IR activities via vehicles such as the Restoration Advisory Board.

The members indicated that monthly site-specific presentations are useful and interesting. However, the members requested that the Navy provide a status report on the progress at each of the 13 IR sites on a more regular basis. More specifically, they are interested in receiving regular updates on funding and scheduling issues for each site. Several members indicated that this information had been provided in the past and that a similar format would be acceptable.


The next meeting of the RAB will be on January 19, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. The group will meet at the Officers' Club.

(1) Attendance List (74 Kb)
(2) Former Derecktor Shipyard Sediment Sample Collection and Analysis Summer 2004
(3) Tank Farms 4 & 5 Site Investigation Progress Update
(4) Report from the Project Committee Chair (186 Kb)
(5) Site Investigation Notification to Abutters of BLDG 70 (35 Kb)