Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Fort Detrick
Restoration Advisory Board Meeting
November 19, 1998

  1. The meeting was convened at 7:35 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 1998 in Conference Room Three of the Goodloe E. Byron Building (810) at Fort Detrick.

    Members Present:

    Charles Billups, Ph.D., Community Member
    Mr. Norman M. Covert, Command Historian, Fort Detrick, RAB Administrator
    William R. Effland, Ph.D., Community Member
    Michael J. Gresalfi, Ph.D., Community Member
    Colonel Albert E. Kinkead, Commander, Fort Detrick
    Mr. Thomas P. Meyer, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District (USACE)
    Ms. Helen Miller-Scott, Community Member
    Mr. Paul J. Offutt, Frederick County Health Department (Alternate), Community Member
    Mr. Douglas T. Scarborough, Project Oversight Manager, U.S. Army Environmental Center (USAEC)
    Lt. Col. Jeffery C. Springer, Command Advisor for Wellness and Environment, Fort Detrick, Installation Co-chairman
    Stewart Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., Community Member
    Mr. Gerald P. Toomey, Community Co-Chairman
    Craig R.Toussaint, Ph.D., Community Member
    Mr. Thomas Wade, Community Member

    Also Present:

    Mr. Fred Boecher,EPA Northern Regional Environmental Coordinator, U.S. Army Environmental Center (USAEC)
    Ms. Michelle Brock, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District (USACE)
    Mr. John Fairbank, Maryland State Department of the Environment (MDE)
    Mr. Gilbert Gonzalez, Environmental Management Officer, Medical Command (MEDCOM), Fort Sam Houston
    Mr. David Iseri, ICF Kaiser (contractor)

    Members Absent:

    Mr. Larry Bohn, Frederick County Health Department, Community Member
    Mr. Kelvin J. Kelkenberg, Community Member
    Mr. Dennis Orenshaw, Project Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Ms. Linda Robinson, Community Member
    Mr. Douglas T. Warnock, Installation Restoration Manager, Fort Detrick


    The following is a listing of items addressed at the November 19, 1998 RAB meeting and where those subjects can be located in the minutes.

    Subject/Topic Paragraph/Item Number
    Opening and introductions3
    Review of and changes to minutes of September 17, 1998 RAB meeting4
    USACE briefing on document status5
    USACE discussion of on- and off-post sampling plan6
    AEC discussion of Independent Technical Review (ITR)7
    FY99 priority comments8
    Verification of date and time for next RAB meeting9
  3. Mr. Covert introduced the new installation co-chairman, Lt. Col. Jeff Springer. Lt. Col. Springer comes to Fort Detrick from U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (CHPPM) at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He then introduced new community member, Dr. Stewart Taylor. Dr. Taylor was sworn in by Col. Kinkead as a member of the RAB, and was presented with a certificate of membership.

  4. Lt. Col. Springer started the meeting by asking members if they had any input or questions concerning the minutes from the last RAB meeting of Sept. 17, 1998. Dr. Effland recommended some changes be made to clarify several issues discussed at the September RAB meeting, and Lt. Col. Springer said the minutes would be amended and placed in the repositories and on our website.

  5. Tom Meyer, Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, briefed the group on the status of documents currently being produced on various areas of the remedial investigation. The draft final Feasibility Study, Area A, was issued in October 1998 and copies will be produced and distributed to members of the RAB; their comments must be received by January 15, 1999. Area A Remedial Investigation (RI) Final was also issued in October.

  6. Mr. Meyer discussed on- and off-post sampling plan, including an automatic sampler installed by the USGS at the off-post Robinson Spring. Samples are taken twice daily and sampler will be full in late November when it will be taken for analysis. A dye trace study is being planned to verify water flow and expected contamination pathway from fault line in Area B to Robinson Spring and well. Still to be scheduled is rehabilitation of Well 57D where 0.2 ft. of PCE (0.49 liters) was detected. Synoptic water level measurements were completed in October. Bimonthly residential well sampling was last done in October, and on-site wells are to be sampled when purge water standard operation procedure and concurrence with MDE is established, probably December 1998. Additional sampling of Area B perimeter wells is planned for late December 1998, and April and August 1999. Mr.Meyer discussed the possibility of sampling some off-post wells on Baughman's Lane, downstream of Area B groundwater flow.

  7. Doug Scarborough, AEC Project Oversight Manager, presented the RAB with a discussion of the Independent Technical Review (ITR) planned for Fort Detrick's Trench B-11, the suspected source of off-post groundwater contamination, on Dec. 1-3. He explained the process was formerly called a peer review and until this year had only been done for BRAC sites. Fort Detrick is the first of the active sites scheduled for an ITR. After Mr. Scarborough informed the RAB they could elect to send one representative to sit in on the ITR, but only as an observer, the group expressed their concerns of being shut out by the Army, and with Col. Kinkaid's guidance, it was determined any member wishing to attend the session would be accommodated. In addition, it was decided the RAB would meet with team in a one-on-one evening session to offer their input and insight to the ITR team.

  8. Lt. Col. Springer asked the RAB for any comments regarding the FY99 priority list with which they had been supplied by Doug Warnock and the last RAB meeting. Mr. Toomey said he would like to add Well 57D to the list. A discussion ensued where Lt. Col. Springer indicated he would like to consider putting a temporary cover on trench B-11 to prevent rainwater from carrying more solvents into the groundwater. The high cost of a permanent solution to the area was discussed, as compared to a temporary fix. No decision was reached, but any decision will be based on the results of current testing and the availability of funding through MEDCOM. Mr. Fairbank pointed out the option being discussed would only be temporary, and Col. Kinkead added the cost to excavate would greatly exceed the funds we now have. The cost of a temporary cap would be about $200,000 and compared to 30 million for a permanent solution. Mr. Wade said the capping of Site A and the landfill involves a 3-foot cover on top of a lining and recovery area underneath. Mr. Covert said he will check on the possibility of a tour of that area so RAB members can look into the feasibility of a similar solution to B-11. Lt. Col. Springer added that some priority items might be dollar driven and can be started with FY99 dollars, but not completed. Area A and RI and FS have already been funded. Dr. Toussaint suggested the Army prioritize and then ask for the RAB's input.

  9. It was agreed the next RAB meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 1999; Dr. Toussaint and Dr. Gresalfi will be teaching a course at Hopkins on Thursday evenings from January through May, and therefore we will move RAB meetings from Thursdays to Wednesdays until this period is over. The community RAB members will meet independently on Saturday, January 9, 1999 at 8:30 a.m. in Conference Room Three of the Goodloe E. Byron Building (810) to discuss their comments on the Area A FS final draft document. Arrangements will be made for them to use this facility.

  10. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

    Jeffery C. Springer
    Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army


    Albert E. Kinkead
    Colonel, U.S. Army

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