Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
May 18, 2000
Army Corps of Engineers
#1. Introductory Remarks, Approve Minutes of
16 March 2000
Mr. McKenna convened the meeting
at 7:15 p.m. and asked if there were any comments or questions
about the 16 March 2000 RAB meeting minutes. There were none,
and the minutes were approved as written.
#2. RCRA Permit Reissuance
Mr. Russell Fish of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 provided a presentation on
RFAAPs Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective
Action permitting process (click
here to view presentation). Mr. Fish explained that the
Corrective Action Permit deals with the cleanup of past hazardous
waste releases in RFAAPs Main Manufacturing Area (including
the Horseshoe Area). He also noted that there is another RCRA
permit at RFAAP, an operating permit, which deals with the day-to-day
operation of hazardous waste.
Mr. Fish stated that the Corrective
Action Permit was issued in November 1989 and was effective
through November 1999. Then, every 10 years, it is reissued
after an application is submitted six months in advance. The
November 1989 permit has been extended until the new permit
is issued. The draft permit is almost ready to be released for
public review. EPA will announce the 45-day public comment period
in The Roanoke Times and local radio and place a copy
of the draft permit in the information repository (Montgomery-Floyd
Regional Library). Mr. Fish stated that the public may submit
written comments, or a public hearing is available if people
would like to have their verbal comments recorded. As suggested
by the RAB, the draft permit may also be uploaded to the RFAAP
Installation Restoration Program (IRP) web site with a link
where visitors can email their comments to Mr. Fish.
#3. Groundwater Horseshoe Area, Status Update
Mr. Wendell Barner, a hydrogeologist
with the IT Corporation, provided a presentation on the Regional
Groundwater Study that RFAAP is conducting in the Horseshoe
here to view presentation slides). RFAAP is collecting and
evaluating data as well as conducting investigative activities
to determine current geological and hydrogeological conditions.
RFAAP is trying to identify groundwater flow pathsin particular
where groundwater may be entering the New River.
#4. Project Status Update
Mr. McKenna referred to the RFAAP
Investigative Status Report Update handout and summarized recent
activities. He reported that RFAAP is ready to award another
effort to conduct background sampling. RFAAP will identify minimally
disturbed areas to conduct the study, which will help determine
the level of naturally occurring metals in the soil. This will
provide a benchmark so that RFAAP knows to what level they need
to clean up any contaminated soils.
Mr. McKenna also reported that
RFAAP will be holding an Installation Action Plan workshop September
1921, 2000 and invited a representative of the RAB to
attend. The purpose of the workshop it to review sites and future
plans and then to prioritize work and structure the budget accordingly.
Participants discussed whether other public or local government
representatives should be invited to attend the workshop. Mr.
McKenna stated that he is seeking long-term community involvement
in the restoration program through the RAB. In this way members
will be able to provide informed input into the process (e.g.,
the workshop). RFAAP agreed to contact local government planning
departments to see if they are interested in participating in
the RAB and the workshop. Mr. McKenna noted that the membership
was falling and asked if the RAB members knew anyone who would
be interested in joining the RAB. RAB members didnt have
anyone specific in mind but suggested looking into involvement
from local government representatives, academics, or groups
with professional expertise.
#5. Closing Remarks, Schedule Next Meeting
Mr. McKenna adjourned the meeting
at 9:00 p.m. The next RAB meeting will be held at RFAAP on Thursday,
20 July 2000, at 7 p.m.
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