Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Fort Detrick
Restoration Advisory Board Meeting
March 24, 1999

  1. Attendance:
    The meeting was convened at 7:35 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, 1999, in Conference Room Three of the Goodloe E. Byron Building (810) at Fort Detrick, following a twenty-minute informal gathering with refreshments.

    Members Present:

    • Lt. Col. Jeffery C. Springer, P.E., Chief, Safety, Health and Environment, Fort Detrick, Installation Co-Chairman
    • Mr. Gerald P. Toomey, Community Co-Chairman
    • Mr. Larry Bohn, Frederick County Health Department, Community Member
    • William R. Effland, Ph.D., Community Member
    • Michael J. Gresalfi, Ph.D., Community Member
    • Mr.Kelvin J. Kelkenberg, Community Member
    • Mr.Thomas P. Meyer, Project Manager, U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District (USACE)
    • Ms. Helen Miller-Scott, Community Member
    • Ms. Linda Robinson, Community Member
    • Stewart Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., Community Member
    • Mr. Thomas Wade, Community Member
    • Mr. Douglas T. Warnock, Installation Restoration Manager, Fort Detrick

    Others Present:

    • Mr. Fred Boecher, U.S. Army Environmental Center, Northern Regional Environmental Office
    • Ms. Michelle Brock, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District (USACE)
    • Mr. John Fairbank, Maryland State Department of the Environment (MDE)
    • Mr. Dave Iseri, ICF Kaiser (contractor)

    Members Absent:

    • Colonel Albert E. Kinkead, Commander, Fort Detrick
    • Mr. Norman M. Covert, Command Historian, Fort Detrick, RAB Administrator
    • Mr. Douglas T. Scarborough, Project Oversight Manager, U.S. Army Environmental Center (USACE)
    • Charles Billups, Ph.D., Community Member
    • Mr. Paul J. Offutt, Frederick County Health Department (Alternate), Community Member
    • Mr. Dennis Orenshaw, Project Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
    • Craig R. Toussaint, Ph.D., Community Member
  2. Index of Minutes:

    Subject/Topic Paragraph/Item Number
    Review of documents3
    Status Area A Feasibility Study (FS)4
    Status of work in Area B5
    Status of work in Area C6
    Independent Technical Review draft responses7
    FY99 Priorities/Budge8
    Installation Action Plan9
    Status of Paul Crum water hook-up10
  3. LTC Springer opened the meeting at 7:35 with a welcome to all RAB members and a reminder the photographer present would take formal group shot at this time followed by some candid shots of the meeting in progress. After the group photos were taken, LTC Springer announced the RAB administrative support, Ms Janis Krauss, would be leaving. At this time LTC Springer presented Ms. Krauss, on behalf of Colonel Kinkead, with the Commander's Award for Outstanding Public Service. LTC Springer moved into the review of minutes from the previous RAB meeting on Jan. 20, 1999. Community Co-Chair Gerald Toomey, asked that an addition clarifying his statement be made to item number five on the minutes. The change was noted and will be made.

  4. Tom Meyer presented an update of the Area A Feasibility Study (FS). The Army received comments from the RAB on Jan. 20, 1999 and Mr. Meyer said they would distribute responses to the RAB comments at the end of the meeting. The Army is awaiting MDE's comments. The Area A FS final is scheduled for July 1999. Long term schedule is for the Proposed Plan (PP) April 2000; Decision Document (DD) January 2001; Remedial Design (RD) April 2001; Remedial Action (RA) July 2001; Construction Complete (CC) October 2001; and Long Term Monitoring (LTM) through November 2021.

  5. Mr. Meyer discussed Area B with an overview of documents currently in production. MDE comments have been received for the Area B Remedial Investigation (RI) draft. The Army is reviewing these comments and will respond. The final document is pending MDE concurrence on responses and their review of Risk Assessment. Completion date for the Area B RI is June 1999, and the Area B FS, Sept. 2000. Schedule for future documents runs through 2002. Completed field activities for Area B include the perimeter sampling, which was done Jan. 5-7, 1999; quarterly sampling, Feb. 22-Mar. 5, 1999 (data from this sampling should be available for the next RAB); water level survey, Feb. 22, 1999; and residential well survey, Mar. 16, 1999 (five residences between Montevue and Baughman's Lane; two may be included in future sampling). Field activity scheduled for Area B includes perimeter samplings, Apr. 27, 1999 (low Flow Sampling) and Aug. 31, 1999, as requested by MDE. Quarterly sampling is scheduled for June 29 and Oct. 19, 1999. Other activities planned for Area B are as outlined in the Independent Technical Review (ITR) responses, but the schedule is not yet complete. Sampling data from January 1999 for PCE in Area B shows a big hit in well 31D which in the deepest part of the aquifer. Well 57D has been added back into the sampling program. Wells 20D and 21D shows hits where previously they were non-dectects. TCE data from January 1999 shows no major changes. Mr. Meyer shows PCE and TCE data for residential boundary wells. Hits in location 15, the late Margaret Krantz property, may prompt the Army to consider a permanent filtration system for that location as well as locations 13 and 14, all of which are outside of city water accessibility.

  6. Mr. Meyer then provided a brief history of the Area C Waste Water Treatment Plant, a five-acre parcel acquired by Fort Detrick in 1944. He explained an incinerator existed on the site, and was destroyed in 1971, when ash was apparently landfilled in the area. Sludge was sampled in 1986 for radioactivity by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), revealing a low-level beta radiation emitter presenting no significant human health risk. Some soil-fill material is also present from a road construction project. Analysis of sludge in 1990 showed PCB's present at 9 mg/kg concentrations, while a 1991 analysis indicated concentrations of 2 mg/kg. Other data collected between 1991-1998 indicates only one other detect for PCB at 3 mg/kg in 1992. Work completed in Area C WWTP Expanded Site Investigation (ESI) included sampling at three background locations; five sludge staging areas; eight sludge drying beds; two trickling filters; plant outfall (sediment); one soil fill location; one incinerator ash location. Work in progress is Complete Qualitative Human Health Risk Assessment (date underway, due Mar./early Apr. 1999) and Final Report due Aug. 1999. A question was raised by the RAB as to what percentage of funding was allocated for Area C. Mr. Warnock said 40-50 percent would be set aside for Area C. LTC Springer reminded the RAB that based on DoD's directive to privatize the WWTP, we are forced to comply with CERCLA and are mandated to spend the money investigating Area C. Mr. Fairbank added the Army must comply with Section 120.h of CERCLA guidelines, or else comply with EPA guidelines. He said we must address seven types of parcels and that if remedial action is required, we must have EPA agree. A preliminary feasibility study has been done. We have a fifteen month deadline. Mr. Toomey was concerned that the Army is taking away up to 50 percent of the funding to devote to Area C when there is known contamination in Area B. LTC Springer feels that Area B's status is growing and our funding will grow, but we have to work with what funds we have until more MEDCOM money is available. Mr. Toomey suggested that RAB members individually write letters to their representatives. He will contact the offices of Sarbanes and Bartlett tomorrow.

  7. Doug Warnock briefly discussed the Independent Technical Review (ITR) draft responses to the RAB four general recommendations were made by the ITR: identify and document specific legal and risk factors behind remedial response at Area B-11; develop strategic plan and conceptual model for B-ll; identify, implement interim action for B-11, i.e. soil vapor extraction; collect additional data to support focused FS of alternatives for final remedial response actions. Fort Detrick concurred on all recommendations, but requested the State review the legal and risk drivers. He said there will be conference calls and a meeting to discuss issues and asked the RAB to look over the responses so they can be discussed at the next meeting.

  8. Mr. Warnock moved the discussion to FY99 priorities. Each RAB member received a prepared list of priorities, although Mr. Warnock reminded them the items were not necessarily in order of priority. He said that since the ITR had taken place, the list had to be adjusted. He suggested RAB members might want to discuss the list outside of the RAB meeting setting and come back to him with their input. LTC Springer said it is possible we could get mid-year additional DERA money. Mr. Warnock said we are getting estimates on each of the jobs so if extra money does show up, the Corps can quickly contract it.

  9. Mr. Warnock discussed the Installation Action Plan,which he described as a road map to where we are going with the Installation Restoration program. He briefly went over the index of the IAP, reminding the RAB some financial information was deleted because it is unclear, due to procurement sensitivity, whether this information can be shared. It is now in the legal department where a determination will be made whether the information can be shared. He added the IAP is required by DoD, and is a living document that changes and is updated from year to year.

  10. LTC Springer reviewed the status of hook up of the Crum residence on Rocky Springs Road to Fort Detrick's water supply. He said he had received the legal document and would ask Norman Covert to deliver the draft proposal to the Crum's tomorrow for Mr. Crum's review. The funds have already been put aside and and contractor set up for the hookup from Flair Armory. At this point the Army will pay for the hook-up, plus the monthly costs. He will be apprised, however, that if and when the Army privatizes he will be responsible for monthly costs.

  11. Mr. Toomey led the RAB in comments and responses by verifying the RAB members will look at the priority list and contact their representatives, then report back with their progress. There were no other comments.

  12. LTC Springer asked the RAB for input regarding agenda items for the next meeting. Items to be addressed include: revisiting priority list; report on funding by LTC Springer; discussion on flow of money by Doug Scarborough recapping AEC's previous presentation; ITR technical report status; release of funding status; quarterly sampling update; and water hook-up update. He said we should see an ITR final before the next meeting. It was agreed the RAB will next meet on Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room Three.

  13. The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

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

Albert E.Kinkead
Colonel, U.S. Army

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