Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
November 4, 1999
Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries
Rodney K. Alston
Army Corps of Engineers
IT Group / Kaiser
Handouts Distributed at Meeting:
- Investigative Status Update,
- Map of Main Manufacturing Facility
- Map of New River Unit
- Draft RFAAP Project Schedule,
- RFAAP Installation Restoration
Program Web Site Outline
#1. Introductory Remarks, Approve Minutes of 16 September 1999
Mr. McKenna convened the meeting
at 7:15 p.m. and asked if there were any comments or questions
about the 16 September 1999 RAB meeting minutes. There were
none, and the minutes were approved as written.
Mr. McKenna introduced the new
RFAAP commander, Lt. Col. Rodney K. Alston.
Mr. McKenna introduced Mr. John
Tesner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Senior Project Engineer.
Mr. Tesner will be assisting Mr. McKenna with several Installation
Restoration Program (IRP) projects.
#2. Installation Restoration Program (IRP) Status
Mr. McKenna addressed the Investigative
Status Update handout. He reported that the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) reviewed and commented on the Draft RCRA Facility
Investigation (RFI) Reports for Solid Waste Management Units
(SWMUs) 31, 39, 48, 49, and 58. RFAAP is going to conduct more
fieldwork to address EPA comments. The additional work will
be outlined in an addendum to the report (Addendum 9).
Mr. McKenna reported that RFAAP
completed a Screening Ecological Risk Assessment and will submit
it to EPA for review. Mr. McKenna offered a copy of the report
to the RAB members, and Mr. Boynton replied that he would like
a copy. Mr. McKenna also stated that a copy would be available
in the RFAAP information repository at the Christiansburg library.
Mr. McKenna reported that a draft
closure report for the Former Lead Furnace Area will be provided
to the Army in December and that initial characterization activities
for Building 4343 were completed in September. He also discussed
New River Unit investigative and risk assessment activities.
Mr. McKenna explained that RFAAP
is currently working on a Corrective Measures Study (CMS) for
SWMU 39. They are evaluating treatability studies to determine
feasible technologies to address heavy metal contamination.
The CMS will also address risks outlined in the investigative
Mr. McKenna reported that removal
actions at SWMU 54 are complete and that the Army is awaiting
data validation. During the week of 15 November 1999, site cleanup
activities are planned, including the removal and transportation
of decontamination water, which has already been tested and
determined to be nonhazardous, to a wastewater treatment plant.
Mr. McKenna referenced the two
map handouts and the RFAAP Project Schedule handout. He explained
that they will be conducting a groundwater studya dye
trace studyto get a better understanding of how groundwater
flows through the karst area.
Mr. Freis asked in what area the
study would be conducted. Mr. McKenna replied that the study
would be conducted around SWMUs 48 and 49, shown on the Main
Manufacturing Facility map.
Mr. Freis commented about the variability
and unpredictability of karst areas. Mr. McKenna agreed and
added that while groundwater flow through a karst area will
always be somewhat uncertain, they are trying to get more data
to make it a little less uncertain. Ms. Trumbo explained that
they have a clear understanding of the groundwater around the
SWMUs, but that the regional groundwater study will provide
a better understanding of the general area.
Mr. Boynton asked about the SWMU
boundaries depicted on the New River Unit map. Ms. Trumbo explained
that the map indicates the general locations for the SWMUs and
that the map is not drawn to scale.
#3. IRP Web Page Status
Mr. McKenna reported that WPI is
working on a RFAAP IRP web site. He referenced the web site
outline handout and went over the main bullets that will be
included on the web site. RFAAP will present a demo of the web
site during a RAB meeting before the web site is uploaded to
the Internet. Ms. Phillips asked if the RAB members had any
feedback on the draft web site outline.
Mr. Freis asked when the web site
was going to be available. Ms. Phillips replied that a demo
would be presented to the RAB at their January or March 2000
meeting and that the site should be available on the web shortly
Mr. Boynton asked if the web site
would have a "contact us" button, where web users
could submit a comment or question. Ms. Phillips replied that
web users would be able to submit comments to the webmaster.
Mr. Boynton asked who would handle the comments received through
the web site. Mr. McKenna explained that he would answer any
technical questions about the program himself or direct the
question to an appropriate person and that Ms. Phillips would
respond to questions related specifically to the web site.
LTC Alston asked about the size
of the web site (i.e., how much information it will be capable
of storing). Ms. Phillips replied that the web site will be
fully capable to house as much information as needed, including
text, graphics, and photos.
Ms. Jake asked about the documents
included in the RFAAP information repository. Mr. McKenna replied
that the repository houses documents outlined in the RCRA facility
permit. Some of the information repository documents will be
uploaded to the web site.
Mr. Boynton asked if there are
fact sheets available about the program. Mr. McKenna replied
that a one-page fact sheet on the information repository was
distributed to the RAB and that the facility permit requires
a fact sheet on each SWMU. Mr. Boynton suggested putting nontechnical,
general information such as fact sheets on the web site since
the general public might have trouble understanding large, technical
documents. The RAB discussed having a list of all the documents
available (i.e., a document release schedule) instead of having
the actual documents on the web.
Mr. Freis asked about having links
to related web sites such as Roanoke Times articles.
Ms. Phillips replied that the draft web site outline includes
having a related links page on the web site. The RAB discussed
having links to the EPA, Virginia Department of Environmental
Quality, and U.S. Army web sites. Ms. Barker suggested having
a link to the REDMAP environmental program web site. LTC Alston
suggested having a link to a site glossary or list of acronyms.
Ms. Trumbo stated that she has site photos and a list of acronyms
that can be used for the web site. Ms. Jake also suggested highlighting
the New River Heritage Group/National Committee for the New
#4. Closing Remarks, Schedule Next Meeting
Mr. McKenna adjourned the meeting
at 8:00 p.m. The next RAB meeting will be held at RFAAP on Thursday,
20 January 2000, at 7 p.m.
Mr. Freis commented that he appreciated
the email notice sent last week by Mr. McKenna to remind RAB
members of the meeting.
After the meeting, LTC Alston presented
awards to the RAB members in appreciation of their service to
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