Mr. Jim McKenna began the meeting at 7:07 p.m.
There were no minutes to approve because there was a site
tour in place of the May RAB meeting.
Mr. McKenna began by describing some recent newspaper
coverage of RFAAP, including the restoration program. He asked
if RAB members had heard any feedback or reaction to the
articles. Nobody offered any examples. He said a news release
was prepared by RFAAP public affairs, as a means for
disseminating information about the planned TNT production at
the facility however the media did not publish it. Mr. McKenna
brought a copy to the meeting for the members to read.
Mr. McKenna said Mr. Mark Leeper from the Virginia Department
of Environmental Quality is on military active duty and was
unable to attend. VDEQ’s Mr. Durwood Willis was also unable to
attend because of issues related to the recent hurricane.
Agenda Item #2: Installation Restoration Program Status, Jim
Mr. McKenna reviewed the newest items on the IRP
Status Report Update, which
include updates on Work Plans 16 and 18. Mr. McKenna said RFAAP
recently received EPA comments on the Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act Facility Investigation (RFI) for Building 4343, a
former rocket cleaning station located in the facility’s
horseshoe area. The metal cadmium is the main contaminant of
concern at Building 4343. RFAAP is currently revising the
document, which will be resubmitted to EPA.
Mr. McKenna said the RFI for Building 4343 evolved into a
combined RFI/Corrective Measures Study (CMS), reflecting the
accelerated work on the site. The document will form the basis
for a remedial design which is programmed for fiscal year 2004.
The actual cleanup may involve removal of soil, Mr. McKenna
said, but alternatives are still being considered.
RAB members asked questions about the risks related to
cadmium, its effect on the body, and movement in the soil.
Mr. McKenna said they would consider a “residential
scenario” as a cleanup goal, meaning it would be clean enough
for a house to be built there and no long-term monitoring would
be required and allows for site reuse. An “industrial standard”
would leave waste in place, require long-term monitoring to
ensure the remedy is preventing movement of the contaminants and
would not allow for site reuse. Mr. John Tesner said
toxicological data is used during the risk assessment process to
assess potential impact on human and ecological health.
Mr. McKenna said the cadmium at Building 4343 appears to have
moved vertically about six feet within the confines of the
Mr. McKenna said sampling work at other sites is also
underway in accordance with approved work plans.
Agenda Item #3: Question-Answer/Community Input
Mr. Steve Cole asked if the new plans to produce TNT could
impact cleanup efforts.
Mr. Jerry Redder said some sites may be affected because of
proximity to the TNT production area. If so, Alliant will work
with the remediation program to address issues during
construction at the TNT site. Mr. McKenna added that the
construction activities would not likely interfere with
Mr. McKenna asked if there were any objections to scheduling
RAB meetings quarterly instead of every other month. There were
no objections. He said that meeting frequency could be increased
Mr. McKenna said a public meeting may be scheduled for the
spring of 2004 to present information on Building 4343 RFI/CMS
Report but it hinges on regulatory and Army approval of the
report. The meeting would likely be held at the New River Valley
The next Installation Action Plan workshop is also scheduled
for late April 2003 and RAB members are welcome to attend.
RAB members asked various questions about results from
investigations at the NRU. Mr. McKenna said he is working with
the US Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District and ATK on
NRU Remedial Investigation Report and added, based on his
knowledge, it will be the first report on the New River Unit (NRU).
The document will present, evaluate, and assess data collected
from 1997 to the Summer 2002 sampling effort. Mr. McKenna said
of six areas studied, three may require additional sampling.
There is enough data for the other three to decide on future
actions. One of those will not likely require any further
action. The data, evaluations, and assessments for the NRU will
be contained in the RI report tentatively scheduled for
submission by this coming Thanksgiving. Mr. McKenna said the
primary contaminants, metals, came from the exposed conductive
flooring and have moved about five feet laterally and three feet
vertically since the 1980s. Therefore we have time to consider
what options would be best to address these areas.
Mr. Jeff Parks said exposure through plants was not a major
pathway for the metals to reach humans or wildlife, based on the
risk assessments. Moreover, the vegetation in the area did not
There was additional discussion about the metals binding to
the soils, and the possibility of acid rains breaking those
bonds. Mr. Parks said rainfall in the area would most likely not
be acidic enough to affect the flooring or contaminated soil.
Mr. McKenna said the findings from the NRU investigation will
be shared with those working on a similar cleanup site adjacent
to the NRU. This is being investigated under the Formerly Used
Defense Sites program by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk
District and does not come under the RFAAP restoration program.
Agenda Item #4:
Next RAB Meeting and Closing Remarks, Jim
Thursday, January 15, 2004 was scheduled for
the next RAB meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
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