Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
July 20, 2000
Dept. of Environmental Quality
Dept. of Environmental Quality
Army Corps of Engineers
Ammunition and Powder Company, RFAAP
Army Environmental Center
Army Industrial Operations Command
Army Corps of Engineers
Item #1. Introductory Remarks,
Approve Minutes of 18 May 2000
Mr. Jim McKenna convened the meeting
at 7:00 p.m. and asked if there were any comments or questions
about the 18 May 2000 RAB meeting minutes. There were none,
and the minutes were approved as written.
Mr. McKenna introduced Mr. Devlin
Harris and Ms. Debra Miller of the Virginia Department of Environmental
Quality. Mr. Devlin is the main point of contact for Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
actions at RFAAP while Ms. Miller is the main point of contact
for Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) actions.
#2. Selection of RAB Community Co-Chair
Mr. McKenna announced that Mr.
Rick Parrish, the current Community Co-Chair, resigned from
the RAB. In Mr. Robert Freis absence, Mr. McKenna reported
that he had communicated with Mr. Freis and that Mr. Freis would
be willing to act as Community Co-Chair. Mr. David Allbee nominated
Mr. Freis, and Mr. Joe Parrish seconded the motion. Mr. Freis
was unanimously voted the new RAB Community Co-Chair.
#3. Installation Action Plan Workshop
Mr. McKenna reported that RFAAP
will be holding an Installation Action Plan (IAP) workshop September
1921, 2000 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Blacksburg.
He 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. Mr.
Allbee requested that RFAAP email all RAB members to extend
an invitation to the workshop as the date approaches.
Mr. Jerry Redder asked if an agenda
would be available so RAB members could determine what parts
of the workshop they would be interested in attending. Mr. Tony
Spaar responded that there really isnt much of an agenda
because the workshop is fluid depending on how long it takes
to go over each site.
Mr. Harris recommended that RAB
members just come for an hour or two, not all day, just to get
an idea of the process. Mr. McKenna suggested that RAB members
review the IAPavailable on the web site (www.envnet.org/rfaapirp)
and in the Christiansburg librarybefore the workshop.
Mr. Steve Cole asked who will convene
the workshop and whether the workshop would address only RFAAP
sites. Mr. McKenna replied that the U.S. Army Materiel Command
(AMC) would convene the workshop. Mr. Redder responded that
they would talk only about RFAAP. A discussion followed about
the process as summarized below:
- The IAP outlines a cost to complete
estimate proposed by RFAAP for each site, which is the amount
of money estimated to close out sites (e.g., investigations
and if necessary, corrective actions to clean up sites).
- The IAP workshop is held with
all stakeholders such as RFAAP, AMC, regulators, and community
representatives so that everyone can work out issues, establish
priorities, agree on recommended site actions, and agree with
or revise the site cost estimates. It is important to have
regulators involved at this stage of the process so that they
can provide input on site actions and also so they can request
funds for regulator oversight.
- AMC has 62 installations and
decides each fiscal year how to divide up the money received
among them. Funds are usually concentrated on high-risk sites
and sites that are almost done. At IAP workshops, sites of
a particular installation (in our case, RFAAP) are prioritized
so that they can forecast what projects will be able to be
executed in what years. Mr. McKenna reported that the current
plan at RFAAP is to have high-priority sites completed by
2007 and medium- and low-priority sites completed by 2014.
He explained that "completed" means that a final
action has been taken in the form of on-site cleanup or a
decision has been made for no further action. Mr. Spaar reported
that the Army has moved the RFAAP high-priority sites out
Mr. Harris indicated that the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added sites from the RCRA
Facility Assessment of 1987 into the 2000 corrective action
permit that EPA will issue and that these sites would discussed
at the workshop. Mr. Cole inquired about EPA issuing a permit.
Mr. McKenna responded that EPA will at some point send RFAAP
a final permit. This permit will require RFAAP to implement
a process at each site named in the permit. Once RFAAP begins
the process and collects data, the subsequent evaluation of
that data will dictate what happens next. For example, the data
may indicate an elevated risk that requires further evaluation
in a corrective measures study (CMS). This CMS would identify
alternatives for addressing the risk. On the other hand, the
data evaluation may indicate no further action is needed. Mr.
McKenna reiterated that actions will depend on what is found
at each site.
Mr. Allbee asked if two or three
RAB members could attend the beginning of the workshop. Mr.
Spaar responded that because of room limitations, it would be
better if only one RAB member attended at a time. Mr. Harris
added that RAB members would not be turned away if they showed
up. However, staggering RAB attendance would be better.
Project Status Update
Mr. McKenna referred to the RFAAP
Investigative Status Report Update handout and summarized recent
activities. Mr. Allbee asked whether the groundwater study had
been completed yet. Mr. McKenna responded that RFAAP is still
working on it. A discussion followed about the difficulty of
gathering groundwater information in a karst geology like the
New River Valley. Mr. McKenna explained that the RFAAP Installation
Restoration Program needs to focus on source removal (i.e.,
removing contaminants from the soil). If soil contamination
is removed or immobilized, then contamination can no longer
migrate to the groundwater.
Mr. McKenna reported that with
the resignation of Mr. Rick Parrish and Mr. David Dobkins, there
are now only five RAB members. He would like to increase membership
and asked RAB members to spread the word and let him know of
any interested community members. Mr. McKenna said that he contacted
Montgomery and Pulaski County planning departments and the New
River Valley Planning District Commission and issued a news
release in June to solicit RAB participation. Pulaski County
is planning to appoint someone to the RAB.
#4. Closing Remarks, Schedule Next Meeting
Mr. McKenna adjourned the meeting
at 8:15 p.m. The next RAB meeting will be held at RFAAP on Thursday,
16 November 2000, at 7 p.m.
Mr. Redder announced that a public
posterboard meeting will be held on Monday, July 24 to discuss
RFAAP incinerators under the Clean Air Act.
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