Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
June 16, 1998
LTC Lopez, Plant Commander
Ken Dolph, Resident Plant Manager
Rob Davie. Radford AAP Restoration Manager
Joe Ricci, U. S. Army Environmental Center
Bob Whistine, Public Affairs Specialist, IOC
Joy Leketa, PAO, Radford AAP
a. Office of the Commander, LTC
- Fourteen million dollars have
been set aside in the plants 1998 budget for the environment.
- Dating back to earlier days,
environmental controls were not as stringent as they are now.
- Restoration priority is cleanup
of old dumpsites.
- Plant is one of a kind and we
want it to grow.
- Teaming and partnership with
the community is key.
- RFAAP needs the communities
expertise and knowledge.
- The Army is committed to restoration.
- RFAAP has a good working relationship
with U.S. Environmental Protection
- Agency (EPA) and Virginia Department
of Environmental Quality (DEQ); RFAAP is viable and will continue
to strive for excellence.
- Our focus is committed to environment
- We have to be good stewards
to the environment.
b. Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Mr.
Ken Dolph, Resident Plant Manager:
- RFAAP and Alliant will make
certain that the stakeholders voices/opinions are heard.
- Community involvement is a key
factor, as the public will be given a chance to speak out
and listen to whats being planned.
- Focus on being good neighbors
to the community.
- Assist RFAAP in keeping a clearer
picture on what the communitiesconcerns are.
- Communicate the depth and breath
of what we do to the public through this committee.
- Brief videotape was shown on
the history of RFAAP.
d. Radford AAP Restoration Manager,
Mr. Rob Davie:
- Focus is on the numerous cleanup
- Forty-four sites have been identified.
- Looking for community input.
e. U.S. Army Environmental Center,
Mr. Joe Ricci presented the
WHAT IS A
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD (RAB)?
- Representatives of the community,
installation and regulatory agencies.
- Individuals provide individual
- Community is not a decision-making
- Jointly shared by community
and installation (co-chaired).
- Opportunity for community
- Compliments other community
- Benefits both the Army and the
- Determine interest through newspapers,
advertisement, public service announcement, and public news
- DOD and EPA guidelines.
- Reflect diverse community interest.
- Made up of community members
- Provide advice on environmental
restoration issues to the installation and federal/state regulatory
- Address important issues related
- Identify proposed project requirements.
- Participate in regular, publicly
- Draft a charter and elect a
TO THE PUBLIC
- Advise and comment on cleanup
issues to government decision-makers/review and comment on
- Report back to your community.
- Voluntary capacity.
- Review and provide
- Ensure state/federal
standards and issues are met.
- Facilitate condition.
- Coordinate with
community co-chair/admin support.
- Ensure installation operating
- Ensure RAB opportunity to input
- Provide documents in a timely
- Refer cleanup issues appropriately.
- Report back to community/installation.
- USAEC assistance.
- Budgetary assistance.
- Technical assistance (e.g.,
- DOD RAB assistance (directory/resource
- TAG/TOSC cost.
- TAPP assistance (ways to get
f. Question and Answer Period:
- The community had several questions;
the key players addressed each of the following questions.
- Are "we" disappointed
in the turn out for tonights meeting? No.
- Will the Board participate
in active problems? Yes. The Board will be apprised of what
RFAAP has done and what will be done from this point forward.
- Is the infrastructure of the
power plant maintaining "state-of-the-art" conditions
in pollution controls? Yes. Virginia Department of Environmental
Quality has visited the plant and has spent a great deal
of time touring the plants facilities. Radford has
done very well in pollution prevention throughout the plant.
- What projects are currently
underway? The rubble pile, lagoon, and removal of a site
contaminated with lead.
- How much soil was removed?
Only three hundred cubic yards.
- Do you have a priority list
of these sites? Yes. A history of every site and recommended
actions; these priorities will be shared with the RAB.
The meeting adjourned at 0845,
followed by a reception. The timeframe for the next scheduled
RAB will be some time in August.
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