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Restoration Advisory Board

Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP)
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
November 29, 2001

Meeting Minutes

Attendance

Members:

Organization:

Allen Boynton

VA Dept of Game & Inland Fisheries

Steve Cole

Blacksburg Rotary Club

Jim McKenna

RFAAP/RAB Co-Chair

Joe Parrish

Anderson & Associates

   

Attendees:

Organization:

Garwin W. Eng

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, VDEQ

Steve Grieco

WPI

Elizabeth Lohman

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, WCRO

Stacey Kingsbury

WPI

Jerry Redder

Alliant Ammunition and Powder Company/RFAAP

Pete Rissell

Army Environmental Center

Robert Thomson

EPA, Region III

Carol Zokaites

visitor

Agenda Item #1. Introductory Remarks, 

Mr. Jim McKenna convened the meeting at 7:10 p.m. As the previous RAB meeting on September 20th had been cancelled, and the previous meeting in July was a site visit, there were no minutes needing approval. Due to security measures, RAB meetings will continue to take place at WPI until further notice.

Agenda Item #2: Review and Summary of RAB Questionnaire

Mr. Steve Grieco, WPI, reviewed the questionnaire recently sent to present and former RAB members. Results were generally positive, although RAB members had some concerns about the board’s effectiveness. Mr. Grieco also presented a revised RAB fact sheet and a RAB Activities fact sheet that included a "Decision Making Process" flow chart. Mr. McKenna explained that the Installation Restoration Program (IRP) is at the RFI/RI stage (RCRA—Resource Conservation and Recovery Act—Facility Investigation/Remedial Investigation) and is currently working with EPA and the state on sampling sites.

Agenda Item #3: Discussion

Discussion from the RAB members indicated they would like to see more information on the website geared toward non-technical audience; Mr. Allen Boynton expressed concern that how the public looks at the site is different than how the Army looks at it. In addition, RAB members expressed concern about river water quality. Mr. McKenna stated that the work plan being formulated is addressing the problem of not enough data. Mr. Redder said he could try and improve the Alliant Web site so that the content and visibility of information that may be of interest to the public is clearer and distinctions are made between the active and inactive sites at the ammunition plant. There was general discussion about identifying what information the community wants and how to provide it. Ms. Carol Zokaites agreed to help gather "frequently asked questions" from the community. Mr. McKenna and Mr. Redder said they would work on fact sheets related to the IRP’s most current activities.

Agenda Item #4: 2002 Installation Action Plan

Mr. McKenna presented the 2002 Installation Action Plan (IAP), available on the IRP web site (http://www.radfordaapirp.org). RAB members are invited to the May 15-16, 2002 IAP workshop to comment on specific sampling sites. Copies of the IAP were provided to Messrs. Boynton, Cole and Parrish. A copy will be placed in the information repository. Note a copy was provided to Mr. Peter M. Huber, Administrator, Pulaski County on December 6, 2001 per his request.

Agenda Item #5: Discussion

A brief discussion of the IAP followed; Mr. Boynton expressed concern that the information may be too technical for the public.

Agenda Item #4: Closing Remarks, Schedule Next Meeting, Adjourn
Mr. McKenna said that because of the resignation of Mr. Robert Fries, the RAB would need to elect a new community co-chair. Mr. Grieco added that the RAB co-chair responsibilities can be found on the RAB fact sheet.

Mr. McKenna adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m.

The next RAB meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at WPI.

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