Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
January 21, 1999
J. J. Redder
Old Business, Approval
of Minutes, Mr. Jim McKenna, Radford AAP Restoration
Old business minutes are assumed
read and approved unless Mr. McKenna hears otherwise.
Mr. David Albee signed the Mission
Statement. A few more members need to sign.
Mr. Haregrove is resigning from
the RAB. Hes moving out of the area.
Overview of Aquatic Data,
Carolyn Jake, Arne Olson (ATK):
Ms. Jake briefed the RAB on the
plants aquatic protection programs and wastewater permit.
Some points from her briefing included:
We do a lot at the plant to make
sure the aquatic life is healthy.
We only take 16 million gallons
a day (MGD) from the New River, whose total flow is 2500 MGD.
We have a drinking water intake
in the horseshoe area of the plant, which is downstream of our
Our annual benthic studies show
there is no impact to the river from Radford activities.
New River and Tributaries
Study, Arne Olson (ATK):
Mr. Olsen briefed the RAB on the
New River and Tributaries Study. Noted items from his briefing
- The New River and Tributaries
study sampled sediment and surface waters in the Fall of 1996.
- We did exceed a couple of screening
criteria in the study. The criteria are very conservative
and are based on ecological risk.
- The study recommended we conduct
a more focused study and concentrate on a smaller list of
Introduction to Ground
Water, Frank Swit (EPA Contractor):
Mr. Swit reviewed the hydrologic
cycle, the region and facilitys hydrogeolgy. Major points
noted during the presentation included (encl 2):
- The plant has karst terrain
which is expanding.
- Karst terrain makes it difficult
to predict the groundwater flow and direction.
- Data about the plant is very
limited because it is based on a couple of studies.
- Even if the data shows something
is exceeded, you can get widely different numbers within the
same sample site. A high hit does not necessarily mean a problem;
its only an indication.
- Metals are a part of the natural
environment. Organic compounds (volatiles and semivolatiles)
are not part of the natural environment.
Mr. McKenna added we could spend
a lot of time and money trying to figure out the groundwater.
We are concerned with getting the sources out first.
ICF Kaiser was awarded the contract
for work at the New River Unit.
Procurement is underway with ATK
for groundwater analyses at HWMUs.
Dedicated groundwater pumps are
being installed in each well.
The SWMU 54 contractor is mobilizing.
The site is not consistent and it is very hard to characterize
the waste. We are going ahead with removing the waste and will
characterize the site as we go along. We will keep assessing
the waste as we are digging it out until the site is clean.
The next RAB meeting is scheduled
for March 18, 1999.
Suggested topics for the next meeting
- ICF Kaiser may give a presentation
on the New River Unit Work Plan,
- Update on SWMU 8 work,
- Presentation on Annual Groundwater
- Include historical groundwater
data so the RAB can compare studies.
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