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Restoration Advisory Board

Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP)
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
November 12, 1998

Meeting Minutes


Jim McKenna, Restoration Manager
Rick Pafflsh, Community Co-Chair
Rob Davie
Frank Swit. Gannett fleming (EPA Contractor)
Rob Thomson, EPA
Russell Fish, EPA
Allan Boynton
Steve Cole
Roy Saville
Carolyn Lake, Environmental Supervisor
Joy Leketa, Public Affairs Officer/Recorder


a. Opening Remarks.

  • Radford AAP Restoration Manager, Mr. Jim McKenna.

  • Mr. McKenna worked for the Army Environmental Center since 1989, where he was the project manager for the Badger AAP (BAAP) and supported the BAAP Commander’s Representative (the Army co-chair) at the RABs. Here Mr. McKenna is the Army co-chair. The reason he mentioned this is that BAAP and RFAAP were constructed as "sister" plants in the 1 940s.

  • There are two differences between the two environments. The geology at BAAP is basically a sandbox with groundwater moving about a foot a year. However, in some cases, RFAAP’s ground moves very quickly (like a conduit — an open-channel flow).

b. Mission Statement.

  • The RAB Mission Statement was developed at the last RAB meeting. The Mission Statement was drafted and circulated for ratification. The members, who were present at the meeting, reviewed and signed.

  • No issues were brought up.

  • Mr. McKenna reemphasized that the RAB is the citizen’s restoration board.

  • The Department of the Army (DOA) representatives initially take the lead, but once the board is formed, the members are in charge.

  • DOA is here only to provide support.

  • As a reminder, the RAB is to be geared toward environmental restoration. If other issues arise about the active operation of the plant, the RAB should be utilized to channel the question/comment to the appropriate source for a response.

  • The RAB gets comments and feedback from the community; it’s a supplement and not a replacement for public notice requirements.

c. Site Management Plan.

  • Some of the RAB members received a plant tour in September. All the members received copies of RFAAP’s Site Management Plan. The combination of the tour and the Site Management Plan helped to bring issues together for better understanding of the plant.

d. Questions and Answers.

  • The New River is such a big aspect. Are analyses done upstream from the plant and then immediately downstream of the plant? Yes

  • Reliable way to assess possible problem.

  • Check health (and diversity of the aquatic life in the water.

  • Monitor for certain chemicals.

  • Establish a toxicity profile.

  • Take samples of living organisms, and based on that, environmentalists can determine whether you have a healthy stream and by the locations they can also determine if RFAAP operations are having an impact.

e. EPA.

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toured the plant this week. They are taking a look at the plant areas to determine where the restoration process can be sped up. This is called an interim action, which is the first thrust. Characterized ground water is the second thrust of their visit.

  • The EPA folks are coming here to look at our arrangements and to do a screening to determine where we are with the ecological environmental aspects of the sites and areas.

  • EPA was given a plant tour.

  • EPA representatives introduced themselves to the RAB.

  • EPA asked if it would be helpful to the RAB committee if a presentation were put together with information on the New River studies and chemical studies. There were some discussions and it was agreed that ATK would provide an overview of the existing information at the next RAB.

  • The drinking water and preservation of the fishing are the two big issues that people in this area what to know about.

f. Up-coming Activities.

  • SWMU 54 (clean-up action starting up).

  • Getting contractor’s up to speed on the masterwork plan.

  • A meeting was held in early November with the contractors; they are furnishing us with a revised plan.

  • RFAAP’s goal is to have the contractor mobilize on-site by the end of November and take samples of the soil and do a treatability study.

  • Contractor’s will take samples of the waste and determine how to deal with it. This sampling work will need to be accomplished prior to the bad weather. After the samples have been taken, it will take several to determine a treatment plan.

  • RFAAP wants to start implementing the clean up by this spring (this may, however, be too optimistic a timeframe).

  • There is an investigation being planned for two burning areas with the New River Unit, and Building 4343 in the Main Manufacturing Area. These sites are discussed in the Site Management Plan.


The next RAB is scheduled for January 21, 1999, at 7:00 p.m.


Mission Statement:

The Radford Army Ammunition Plant RAB mission is to establish and maintain a forum with citizens and community organizations as well as local, state, and federal agencies. The focus of the forum is the exchange of environmental assessment and restoration information in an open, balanced and interactive dialogue. The function of the RAB is to make informed recommendations to the Army and environmental agencies for remedial activities.


  1. Meeting Frequency: Bi-monthly (third Thursday starting 15 October; 17 December, etc.)

  2. RAB members are to be aware of the sensitivity of the restoration information and handle it accordingly.

  3. Attendance Requirement: Expectation that members attend all meetings (missing three consecutive meetings may result in removal from that RAB).

  4. Meeting Location: Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Building 220, Main Conference Room.

  5. Addition of Members: A simple majority will add members—maximum of 15 (excluding state, federal agencies, Alliant and Army).

  6. Replacement: Responsibility of retiring member to nominate a replacement.

  7. Length of Service: At the end of a two-year term, members may decide to extend for an additional term.

  8. Replacement of Co-Chair: Elected by RAB for a two-year term.

  9. Dispute Resolution Methods: All voices will be heard and the Co-Chairs will be responsible for ensuring balanced input.

  10. Document Review Procedures: Sixty day review time frame; documents will be delivered by mail or emailed to each RAB member.


David Allbee
Allen Boynton
Steve Cole
James Dawson
David Dobkins
Marty Gordon
Glenn Hargrove
Rick Parrish
Roy Saville

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