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Restoration Advisory Board

Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP)
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
January 15, 2004

Meeting Minutes




Jim McKenna RFAAP/RAB Co-Chair
Allen Boynton Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Steve Cole Rotary Club
Joe Parrish RAB Co-Chair



Steve Grieco WPI
Mark Leeper Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Agenda Item #1: Introductory Remarks, Jim McKenna

Mr. Jim McKenna began the meeting at 7:06 p.m.

Mr. McKenna began with an administrative announcement. When replying to his e-mails, or sending him e-mail, use as the address. Simply selecting a ‘reply’ button will send the e-mail to another server, which is difficult to access.

Agenda Item #2: Installation Restoration Program Status, Distribution of 2004 Installation Action Plan, Jim McKenna

Mr. McKenna reviewed the newest items on the IRP Status Report Update, which was e-mailed to RAB members and is also posted to the Web site at

Mr. McKenna highlighted the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Investigation/Corrective Measures Study (RFI/CMS) for Building 4343, a former plating operation for the Nike missile program located in the facility’s horseshoe area. He said RFAAP is proposing clean closure for the site, meaning no waste would be left in place. Clean closure also means no long-term monitoring would be required, and would allow for site reuse options. If the plan is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Environmental Center, contaminated soil would be removed, treated, and landfilled at an appropriate offsite facility. A fact sheet about the proposed remedy was e-mailed to RAB members on 11/25/2003 and is also available on the IRP Web site at

Mr. McKenna distributed copies of the 2004 Installation Action Plan to RAB members. The plan is also available online at

Agenda Item #3: Question-Answer/Community Input

RAB members asked questions about contaminants of concern at other RFAAP IRP sites.

Mr. McKenna said heavy metals and explosives are the contaminants of concern at IRP sites. IRP sites are sampled and screened for numerous inorganic and organic contaminants.

Mr. Allen Boyton asked about the acronym TCLP in the IAP.

Mr. Mark Leeper said it means Toxicity Characteristic Leachate Procedure, a test used to help determine if a contaminant is hazardous according to RCRA. It measures a contaminant’s leachability characteristics.

Mr. Boynton asked about PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in the New River.

Mr. McKenna said RFAAP also conducts screening for PCBs at each site that is studied. The only place PCBs have been found to date is at the New River Unit in Dublin. It is thought their presence is due to old transformers that have been removed some time ago. These sites are far from the river.

Mr. Boynton asked about statistics for the IRP Web site.

Mr. Steve Grieco said he had not seen statistics in a while, but numbers indicated low visitation. He said he did not think recent statistics would show any increase in visitation but would check and report in the minutes. This check revealed there was an increase in the average monthly visitation for 2003, compared to 2002. For example, there were 599 unique visitors to the site in December 2003, compared to 398 for December 2002.

Agenda Item #4: Next RAB Meeting and Closing Remarks, Jim McKenna

Mr. McKenna said the next Installation Action Plan (IAP) workshop is scheduled for April 28 to 29, 2003. RAB members are welcome to attend. RAB members can comment on site cleanup priorities. The location for the workshop has not yet been decided.

The next RAB meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 6, 2004. Mr. McKenna said the meeting would be one week after the IAP workshop. In this way he could update the RAB on any developments.

Mr. Leeper said RAB members are welcome to contact him with questions between meetings.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

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