Agenda Item #1: Introductory Remarks, Jim McKenna
Mr. Jim McKenna convened the
meeting at 7:00 p.m. and asked if there were any comments or
questions about the 21 March 2002 RAB meeting minutes. The minutes
were approved by the RAB.
Mr. McKenna noted the updated IRP Status Report copies that
were available for RAB members.
Agenda Item #2: IAP
Mr. McKenna summarized some of what was
accomplished during the 2003 Installation Action Plan (IAP) workshop
that concluded earlier that same day. Mr. Tesner noted that there
were no substantive changes to the content of the 2002 IAP, except
for wordsmithing to more clearly identify relevant work plans for
each IRP site. Mr. McKenna said that while they do not yet have
enough funding for all of this year’s planned work actions, funds
may become available in the fall of 2002. Additional funding of $14
million is also being requested for work to be conducted over the
next 30 years. Information regarding IAP funding changes will be
uploaded to the IRP Web site soon, followed by the uploading of a the 2003 IAP itself.
Agenda Item #3: Discussion/Input
Mr. Boynton asked how the funding situation would
delay work action for this year.
Mr. McKenna said that he didn’t expect delays in fiscal
year 2002 (FY02) for work that was already procured. After that
it depends on the availability of funds.
Mr. Tesner added that a lot of work is about to begin under
Work Plan Addenda (WPA) 9 and 12 with multiple sites being
addressed under WPA 12. Mr. McKenna said that the WPA 12
sampling effort was increased and is about $2 million. Money and
effort was redirected from future WPA 12 reports in order to pay
for this increased sampling and to get into the field this
spring. These reports and effort need to be replaced and are
included in the $14 million. The actions in WPA 9 include
investigating water levels in the river and underground, and
ground water movement. WPA 13 and 14 are currently being
reviewed by regulators.
Mr. Cole asked about the contractors who do the sampling
work. Mr. Tesner said they use contractors and subcontractors
from all over the country. They are used for a variety of work—from
surveying and drilling to hauling hazardous material and
laboratory analysis. Mr. Tesner continued to describe how US
Army Corps of Engineers certified labs are procured and used. He
briefly explained the controls used to ensure the validity and
accuracy of the analysis and the data interpretation.
Agenda Item #4: New Web site, Steve Grieco
reviewed some highlights of the new IRP Web site and asked for the
Mr. Boynton said that he liked the easier navigation and some
of the new content, such as resource information for people with
questions about PCBs in the New River.
Mr. Grieco asked that RAB members continue to provide
feedback on the Web site and its contents, such as the
Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet.
Agenda Item #5: Closing Remarks
Mr. Boynton asked about any updates on the PCBs found in New
Ms. Jake said that she attended a Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality meeting that was convened as
investigations begin into the potential sources of the PCBs. She
noted that Ms. Charlotte Burnett, a RAB member is actively
involved with this issue and could be contacted for further
information. There was no specific news, but she would let Mr.
McKenna know when another DEQ meeting was planned.
Mr. Grieco mentioned that there is a DEQ contact for these
meetings in the
Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet on the IRP
Agenda Item #6 Schedule Next Meeting, Adjourn
Mr. McKenna said that a site
tour is being planned for the next RAB meeting on July 18, 2002. The
time will likely be 6:30. Meeting confirmation will be sent to RAB
members in advance.
Mr. McKenna adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.