Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
January 18, 2001
Blacksburg Rotary Club
RAB Community Co-Chair
Anderson & Associates
Alliant Ammunition and Powder
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Virginia Department of Environmental
Item #1. Introductory Remarks, Approve Minutes of 16 November
Mr. Jim McKenna convened the meeting
at 7:00 p.m. and asked if there were any comments or questions
about the 16 November 2000 RAB meeting minutes. There were none,
and the minutes were approved as written.
Mr. McKenna introduced Ms. Sharon
Wilcox of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Ms. Wilcox is temporarily acting as the state point of contact
for the RFAAP cleanup program. She reviews the RFAAP program
and documents. She works with the DEQ federal facilities group,
which has taken over some of the responsibilities at RFAAP from
the DEQ Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) group.
The DEQ receives funding from the U.S. Department of Defense
so that they can oversee the RFAAP program.
Item #2. Installation Restoration Program (IRP) Status
Mr. McKenna referred to the RFAAP
IRP Status Report Update handout. He explained that the report
included activities conducted to date, except for procurement
actions that are ongoing from the beginning of the fiscal year
in October 2000.
Item #3. Question-Answer/Input
Mr. Steve Cole inquired about the
12/1/00 report entry regarding the facility-wide background
study report and native concentration of metals in soil. Mr.
McKenna explained that all soil contains some metals such as
lead, mercury, arsenic, cobalt, and/or aluminum. RFAAP prepared
a work plan in late 2000 to sample the soil content. This work
plan was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), and a copy can be found in the information repository.
By reviewing historic records and topography, RFAAP identified
minimally disturbed areas, such as areas with long standing
trees, to conduct the study. Samples were collected in September
2000, and RFAAP will deliver the report outlining the sampling
results to EPA in early February 2001. The study will help determine
the level of naturally occurring metals in the soil, which will
provide a benchmark so that RFAAP knows to what level they need
to clean up any contaminated soils. Discussion among the meeting
attendees continued regarding different soil types and anticipated
Mr. Cole asked whether you would
see much of a difference if you sampled the New River above
and below the plant. Mr. Jerry Redder replied that when RFAAP
conducted studies for the water permit, they found no difference
in bottom dwelling organisms. Mr. John Tesner added that benthic,
or bottom dwelling, organisms are good indicators because they
readily absorb materials from the surrounding environment. Therefore,
if there are hazardous constituents in the water or sediment,
the benthic population might be lower. Discussion among the
meeting attendees continued regarding monitoring the river and
Mr. Cole inquired about the purpose
of excavating soil during cleanup activities. Ms. Wilcox stated
that in some cases, the soil is removed to make the land available
for future use. Mr. McKenna added that in some instances soil
is not removed and depending on the future use it may be treated
in situ or left in place as is. Discussion among the meeting
attendees continued regarding soil treatment and disposal options.
Mr. Robert Freis asked about the
activities being conducted at Solid Waste Management Unit (SWMU)
6. Mr. McKenna reported that the soil was sampled and found
to be nonhazardous. The material that had been sampled, called
investigated derived material (IDM), was removed, transported,
and disposed properly. RFAAP is planning to build a concrete
holding tank for process water. Mr. McKenna explained that construction
funds were used to pay for the sampling effort, as this was
needed to keep the construction project moving. Cleanup funds
will be used to prepare the SWMU 6 closeout report.
Mr. Freis referenced the 11/17–11/20/00
report entry regarding the spring survey results being incorporated
into the current conditions report (Regional Groundwater Study)
and asked when the current conditions report would be issued.
Mr. McKenna stated that the work will be conducted in two parts.
RFAAP will update Work Plan Addendum (WPA) No. 9 mid year. WPA
No. 9 describes the work needed to prepare the current conditions
report. Then the next phase includes using river gauges to monitor
and collect data over a period of a year. Therefore, it will
take some time before the current conditions report will be
Item #4. Closing Remarks, Schedule Next Meeting, Adjourn
Mr. Redder suggesting discussing
at the March meeting whether the RAB would be interested in
doing another site tour during the May meeting. Mr. McKenna
stated that the Installation Action Plan workshop will be held
May 15–17, 2001. He also stated that he could give site tours
to RAB members upon request.
Mr. McKenna adjourned the meeting
at 8:05 p.m. The next RAB meeting will be held at RFAAP on Thursday,
15 March 2001, at 7 p.m.
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