Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
November 12, 1998
Jim McKenna, Restoration
Rick Pafflsh, Community Co-Chair
Frank Swit. Gannett fleming (EPA Contractor)
Rob Thomson, EPA
Russell Fish, EPA
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 Commanders 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, RFAAPs ground
moves very quickly (like a conduit an open-channel
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
Mr. McKenna reemphasized
that the RAB is the citizens restoration board.
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; its a supplement
and not a replacement for public notice requirements.
c. Site Management
d. Questions and Answers.
to assess possible problem.
(and diversity of the aquatic life in the water.
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.
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.
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).
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.
is to have the contractor mobilize on-site by the end of
November and take samples of the soil and do a treatability
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.
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.
Bi-monthly (third Thursday starting 15 October; 17 December,
RAB members are
to be aware of the sensitivity of the restoration information
and handle it accordingly.
Expectation that members attend all meetings (missing three
consecutive meetings may result in removal from that RAB).
Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Building 220, Main Conference
Addition of Members:
A simple majority will add membersmaximum of 15 (excluding
state, federal agencies, Alliant and Army).
of retiring member to nominate a replacement.
Length of Service:
At the end of a two-year term, members may decide to extend
for an additional term.
Co-Chair: Elected by RAB for a two-year term.
Methods: All voices will be heard and the Co-Chairs will
be responsible for ensuring balanced input.
Procedures: Sixty day review time frame; documents will
be delivered by mail or emailed to each RAB member.
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