RAB MEETING MINUTES
NAVAL STATION NEWPORT
CALL TO ORDER
The NAVSTA Newport Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) gathered at the Officers’ Club for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2004. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and finished at 8:40 p.m.
See enclosure (1) for the attendance list.
Mr. Marques opened the meeting and welcomed the group.
APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
The minutes from the August meeting and the September tour were approved.
Budget Update – FY04 Actual Costs and FY05 Execution Plan
Mr. Curtis Frye of the Navy’s Engineering Field Activity Northeast (EFANE) presented the budgetary update. In FY04, $5M was spent on various cleanup projects at Naval Station Newport that included work at the McAllister Point Landfill, the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area, the NUSC Disposal Area, the Old Fire Fighting Training Area, Tank Farms 4 and 5, Gould Island, Derecktor Shipyard, and the Surface Warfare Officers School. For FY05, planned expenditures for cleanup projects include work at the McAllister Point Landfill, Gould Island, Tank Farm 5, and the Old Fire Fighting Training Area. His presentation is provided as enclosure (2).
McAllister Point Landfill Eelgrass Survey Results Summer 2004
Mr. Steve Parker of Tetra Tech NUS Inc. discussed the eelgrass survey results associated with the McAllister Point Landfill project. The survey showed that efforts to seed and transplant eelgrass have been generally unsuccessful, however, the eelgrass bed adjacent to landfill has increased in size since the last survey (see enclosure (3)).
There was no Membership Committee report. The Committee Chair was not present.
The Committee Chair presented the proposed agenda for meetings through March of 2005. There were no objections. The information is provided as enclosure (4).
The Committee Chair provided a handout on dredging processes. This information is provided as enclosure (5).
There was no report from the Education Committee. The Education Committee Chair was not present.
The members discussed the possible real estate transaction associated with the Naval Hospital property, and Navy land disposal described in the article in the October 20, 2004 edition of the Newport Daily News entitled “Land-use issues up for a vote.” There were two primary concerns: (1) how will possible environmental hazards be addressed if the Navy disposes of the hospital property; and (2) has the Navy made plans to dispose of land that the RAB is not aware of.
With respect to the first concern, the Navy will evaluate the environmental impacts of an action, such as a real estate transaction, through the process set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Additionally, the Navy will perform an Environmental Baseline Survey to determine the condition of the property as well as its’ suitability to lease or transfer.
With respect to the second concern, the scope of the Restoration Advisory Board is limited to activities related to the Installation Restoration Program. The Navy personnel who attend the RAB meetings are professionals in the study and cleanup of contaminated sites – not spokespersons for all of the activities occurring at naval installations. For information not related to the RAB, members are encouraged to contact the Navy Public Affairs Office at 401-841-3538 or officials and representatives of their community.
The next meeting of the RAB will be on November 17, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. The group will meet at the Officers’ Club.