FORMER NAS MOFFETT FIELD
RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD
MOUNTAIN VIEW CITY HALL, 4th FLOOR GALLERY
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA 94041
Subject: RAB MEETING MINUTES
NOTE: Glossary provided on the last page of these minutes.
The former Naval Air Station (NAS) Moffett Field Restoration Advisory
Board (RAB) meeting was held on Thursday, 13 January 2005, at the
Mountain View City Hall, fourth floor lobby, in Mountain View, California.
Mr. Rick Weissenborn, the Lead Remedial Project Manager for Moffett
Field, opened the meeting at 7:10 p.m. He was filling in for Ms.
Andrea Espinoza, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Environmental
Coordinator and Navy RAB Co-chair.
Mr. Weissenborn welcomed everyone in attendance. This was followed
by introductions. He informed those in attendance that photographs
would be taken during the meeting. Since the photographs may be
included in the Installation Restoration Program (IRP) brochure,
he suggested RAB members sit at the opposite side of the room if
they did not want to have their photographs taken. Mr. Bob Moss,
RAB Community Co-chair, then explained changes to the agenda: the
meeting would begin with a brief update on Site 29 (Hangar 1) and
the regulatory update would be presented after the regularly scheduled
presentations. The Moffett Field RAB meeting was attended by:
Contractors & Navy Support
Public & Other
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Ms. Shelly Clubb, Chief of the National Aeronautics Space Administration
(NASA) Environmental Services Division, referred attendees to page
5 on the draft 18 November 2005 RAB meeting minutes. She noted that
RAB member Paul Lesti wanted to know what the highest concentration
levels were in Building N210, not Site 29 (Hangar 1), and her response
to Mr. Lesti concerned Building N210, not Site 29 (Hangar 1).
Ms. Alana Lee, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Project
Manager for groundwater sites at Moffett Field, referred attendees
to page 2 and noted that EPA is looking to other agencies to fund,
not conduct, groundwater investigations at Orion Park Housing. Also,
on page 3, her comments regarding informing the RAB about available
copies of an EPA document referred to EPA's comments on the Navy's
Draft Remedial Investigation (RI)/Feasibility Study (FS) Work Plan
for Site 29 (Hangar 1), not the EPA's response to comments from
various agencies in regards to the cleanup efforts at Site 29 (Hangar
The minutes were adopted with the above changes.
DOCUMENTS FOR REVIEW - Sign-up sheets for the following
documents were circulated during the meeting.
|Site 27 Draft Final Record of Decision (ROD)
|Draft Site 22 Operation and Maintenance (O&M)
|Operable Unit (OU) 1 Five-Year Review Report Addendum
|Site 1 Final Post-Closure Long-Term Monitoring
|East-Side Aquifer Treatment System (EATS) Final
Five-Year Review Report
|West-Side Aquifers Treatment Systems (WATS) Final
Five -Year Review Report
|2003 Annual Groundwater Report for WATS and EATS
|Fourth Quarter 2004/Annual National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Reports for EATS and WATS
||WATS Optimization Work Plan Addendum
Mr. Weissenborn explained that the RAB charter specifies nomination
and election of a RAB Community Co-Chair every January. Mr. Moss
was nominated by RAB member Jane Turnbull to continue to serve as
the Moffett Field RAB Community Co-chair for 2005. He was unanimously
re-elected by an oral vote.
SITE 29 (HANGAR 1) UPDATE
Mr. Weissenborn provided a status on Site 29 (Hangar 1). He said
the Navy has submitted a Draft RI/FS Work Plan to the agencies and
public for review. The Navy has received 28 comments indicating
concerns with the proposed site characterization approach, and is
currently holding discussions with the agencies involved on how
to address these issues. The Navy plans to publish its response
to comments and the Draft Final RI/FS Work Plan on Monday, 17 January
2005. A comment negotiation period will take place from 17 January
2005 to 17 February 2005. Following this 30-day period, the document
will either become final or the EPA and Regional Water Quality Control
Board will invoke the formal dispute process provided in the Federal
Facilities Agreement (FFA).
Questions and Comments
- In response to a community member's question about Site 29 (Hangar
1) being its own Superfund site, Ms. Lida Tan, EPA Project Manager
for Sites 25 and 27, explained that Hangar 1 is a site within
Moffett Field, the Superfund site. All of the sites within the
Superfund site are numbered, and Hangar 1 is identified as Site
29. Mr. Weissenborn added that a site is considered a portion
of Moffett Field, and sites are created for administrative and
budgeting purposes. The same community member also wanted to know
if there is a separate and parallel schedule for the investigation
and publication of documents. Mr. Moss explained that each site
is handled individually and has unique characteristics requiring
different remediation methods. It is easier to handle each site
individually rather than collectively. Remediation follows the
FFA schedule for each site.
- In response to a comment from RAB member Richard Eckert about
Site 29 (Hangar 1) being a major historical landmark that should
be preserved and cleaned up completely, Mr. Weissenborn explained
that the Navy is well aware of the importance of the building
and is working toward resolution of the differences of opinion.
SITE 25 RI ADDENDUM
Mr. Scott Gromko, Navy Remedial Project Manager for Sites 25 and
27, explained that his presentation was designed to provide a summary
of what is in the Site 25 Draft Addendum to the Final Station-wide
RI Report and might be helpful to those reviewing the document.
The following Site 25 schedule was also presented:
- Draft RI Addendum - 30 November 2004
- Comment Period - 30 November 2004 to 29 January 2005
- Draft Final RI Addendum - March 2005
- Final RI Addendum - April 2005
Mr. Gromko provided background information about Site 25, including:
- Site 25 encompasses approximately 260 acres and is located in
the northwest portion of Moffett Field, aiding in stormwater control.
- Sediment is of immediate concern. Stormwater carried contamination
to the site. As water trickled through the Eastern Diked Marsh
and into the Stormwater Retention Pond, the contamination precipitated
out of the water and bonded to the sediment.
He explained the purpose of the RI Addendum:
- It adds on to a previous investigation, the Final Station-wide
RI Report created in 1996.
- It is necessary because the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space
District (MROSD) and NASA, the current property owners, would
like to convert the site to a tidal marsh from a seasonal wetland.
Local residents would also like to see the site become a tidal
- It will allow the Navy to collect the information needed to
evaluate tidal marsh restoration without conducting a completely
new RI. The Navy is also looking at new site data-samples collected
in 2002 and 2003-to ensure conclusions drawn from data collected
previously are still accurate. NASA is also collecting additional
data, which will be included in the Addendum.
Mr. Gromko said that the Navy is working collaboratively with EPA,
San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), NASA,
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and MROSD to create the RI Addendum.
He added that some of the items found in the RI Addendum include
the nature and extent of the contamination, potential for human
health and ecological risks and ecological receptors. Items not
found in the RI Addendum that will be addressed in the FS Addendum
include tidal marsh cleanup numbers, areas to be remediated and
the configuration of Site 25 necessary to accommodate a tidal marsh.
Questions and Comments
- In response to a question from a community member regarding
the nature of the NASA data, Mr. Gromko explained that NASA has
been looking at some of the historical operations and uses at
various portions of the site to address any possible sources of
contamination that may still be on the property. Ms. Clubb said
Sandy Olliges from NASA would give a provisional update on the
FS Addendum and tidal marsh land use scenario-similar to what
was presented during the open house-during the March RAB meeting.
- In response to a question by a community member asking if the
tidal marsh land use scenario is optional or preferred, Mr. Gromko
explained it is optional. It is similar to Site 29 (Hangar 1)
in that the Navy does not know what the preferred or remedial
alternatives will be until the next stage is completed, which
is the FS Addendum. Mr. Weissenborn explained that the RI Addendum
is a way to incorporate data and associated risk assessments that
were not included before into the RI. When the Navy does the FS
Addendum, the land use scenario will be a tidal marsh.
- In response to a question from Ms.Turnbull regarding polychlorinated
biphenyl (PCBs) located in the peninsula area, Don Chuck from
NASA said the agency conducted a PCBs silver study for all of
Moffett Field, which included the peninsula area because NASA
found elevated levels of PCBs in the surface soils near that region.
Ms. Clubb added that the report was released last week and still
needed to be reviewed. She said NASA plans to do a Phase II investigation
to define the overall status of the PCBs contamination. It also
plans to remove PCBs from all of the NASA-owned portions of the
base. NASA will be working with the Navy to discuss what to do
about the PCBs that the Navy is responsible for remediating. Ms.
Alana Lee suggested passing out a sign-up sheet if people would
like to receive a copy of NASA's Phase II Draft Sampling and Analysis
Plan. A sign-up sheet was passed around the room.
- In response to a question by Briggs Nisbet from Save the Bay
regarding the reason why all of the PCBs contamination is not
being removed since it poses a risk to the ecological receptors,
Mr. Weissenborn said the Navy knows which species are most likely
to be at risk and the FS Addendum will establish acceptable cleanup
numbers. This will allow the Navy to remove contaminants present
that are above the cleanup numbers and that pose a risk to the
ecological receptors. Ms. Nisbet wanted to know if this means
that some of the contaminants will remain at the site. Mr. Weissenborn
explained that some of the contaminants will remain at the site,
but only if they are at levels that do not pose a risk to the
- RAB member Lenny Siegel expressed appreciation to the Navy for
doing an RI Addendum and NASA for issuing the 02 December 2004
letter regarding future land use of the site. He looks forward
to seeing what Site 25 will look like in the future. He believes
that all contamination at Site 25 should be cleaned up, not just
some of the contamination, since the contamination comes from
- Mr. Siegel read a note listing comments written by Peter Strauss,
Technical Assistant Grant Consultant for the Silicon Valley Toxics
Coalition, who was unable to attend the meeting. Mr. Strauss said
in his note that he hopes the Navy understands the importance
of reassessing the benthic organisms under the new scenario because
many of the new ecological receptors are benthic organisms. He
hopes the PCBs cleanup levels will be reduced to the original
levels and not those based on the restricted habitat of the seasonal
marsh. He hopes the habitat goal will be 1, not 10 or 100. He
also said the RI Addendum assumes surface water under the tidal
scenario is expected to consist of ambient water from the San
Francisco Bay that is brought in with the tides and is not expected
to consist of previously contaminated stormwater. He questions
this assumption because tides will stir up sediments and release
various contaminants. Mr. Siegel said Mr. Strauss would release
more detailed comments in the future.
- In response to a question by RAB member Jeff Segall regarding
whether a monitoring program will be in place after cleanup occurs
to ensure there are no anticipated impacts to the ecological receptors,
Mr. Weissenborn said that long-term monitoring will occur if any
contamination is left in place. The goal is to remove contamination
so that there is no risk, and there should be no reason to come
back and do further remediation.
- Mr. Moss noted that in the future it could be discovered that
ecological receptors may be more sensitive to contaminants then
originally thought. If this happens then there may be some real
- Mr. Siegel said this is not just a risk assessment, but also
a risk management decision. He said it is not an absolute level
of cleanup everyone is looking for, but a way to establish efficient
and effective protections. The FS Addendum will propose a cleanup
level and the public will have a chance to comment on it, once
REVISED DRAFT SITE CHARACTERIZATION WORK PLAN FOR ORION PARK
Mr. Larry Dudus, Project Manager for Tetra Tech FW, provided an
update on the Revised Draft Site Characterization Work Plan for
Orion Park Housing. He explained some of the site characterization
data needs for the Orion Park Housing Area include investigating
groundwater flow direction and the connection between shallow and
deep aquifers, and determining the influence on Stevens Creek and
potential on-site sources of contamination. Mr. Dudus provided the
following background site information:
- In 1999, NASA detected trichlorethene (TCE) on the northern
portion of Orion Park.
- In 2000, the Navy did some groundwater sampling along the southern
boundary and detected TCE levels roughly the same as those detected
along the northern boundary.
- In March and September 2002, the Navy conducted a Phase 1 and
Phase 2 investigation which included collecting subsurface soil
- In 2003, the Department of the Army collected additional groundwater
information, primarily in the interchange area of Highway 101
and Moffett Boulevard.
- In November 2004, the Navy submitted the Revised Draft Site
Characterization Work Plan for review.
During the investigations, there was an area where field screening
indicated some elevated soil vapor concentrations. The Navy will
go back to that site to collect additional soil samples for analysis.
The other portion of the investigation involves:
- Collecting geologic and soil type data, groundwater samples
and groundwater depth information at water-bearing zones in thirteen
- Collecting soil samples for permeability evaluation at three
groups of well pairs
- Installing a well in each of the shallow and deep groundwater
zones, which will be used to collect samples and groundwater depth
- Sampling the wells during the rainy and dry seasons in order
to evaluate the influence of Stevens Creek on the local flow direction
- Collecting some information about a pump test conducted at each
of these wells, allowing the Navy to evaluate how water and contaminants
move through and between the aquifers
Another potential on-site source of contamination is a former farmhouse
septic system. The Navy plans to locate the septic system, sample
its contents, remove the tank and take additional soil samples below
the tank and from the drain field, and sample groundwater up- and
downgradient of the former farmhouse area. The Orion Park Housing
schedule was also presented and is provided here:
- Revised Draft Site Characterization Work Plan - November 2004
- Comment Period - November 2004 to December 2004
- Address Comments - January 2005
- Final Work Plan - Spring 2005
- Fieldwork - Summer 2005
- Report Results - Winter/spring 2006
Questions and Comments
- Ms. Turnbull indicated that she was under the impression that
the Navy had decided the Orion Park Housing contamination was
coming from the potentially responsible parties south of 101.
She asked if the Navy had a change in thinking. Mr. Weissenborn
explained that the data shows that there is an off-site contamination
source and the agencies and NASA feel there is an on-site Navy
source as well. The Navy is investigating whether there is a Navy
- Mr. Siegel said the Navy needs to claim responsibility for cleaning
up the site under Department of Defense (DOD) ownership until
or unless another viable responsible party is found, as expressed
in the FFA and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation
and Liability Act (CERCLA). Mr. Weissenborn said the Navy has
received Mr. Siegel's comments and is addressing the situation.
- Mr. Moss noted that no responsible party was found for a long
time for a Superfund site near Palo Alto. However, Hewlett Packard
took responsibility for site remediation in the meantime, as required
by law. He said the Navy should follow Hewlett Packard's example.
Some responsible parties were identified later on, such as Kodak,
and were responsible for the costs associated with site cleanup.
Mr. Weissenborn said that right now there is strong internal debate
on the approach to take and that the data being collected is needed
regardless of who is responsible for site cleanup.
Ms. Lida Tan, outlined EPA's current activities as follows:
- EPA is reviewing the Site 25 Draft RI Addendum. She explained
that although this document does not provide cleanup numbers,
it does provide the scientific data needed to determine cleanup
numbers. EPA can make recommendations on the cleanup numbers that
can later be included in the FS Addendum.
- EPA is also reviewing the Site 27 Northern Channel ROD. EPA
has no major disagreements on this document and is hoping that
plans will move forward fairly smoothly.
- EPA does have major disagreements with the Site 29 (Hangar 1)
RI/FS Work Plan. One major disagreement is the Navy's decision
not to investigate the interior of Site 29
(Hangar 1). The second issue is the lead in the structure of the
Hangar. EPA believes the Navy should include both of these in
the Work Plan.
Questions and Comments
- Ms. Lucas said she would like to see site cleanup at Site 27
completed in more than one phase in different locations since
the Western Pond turtles need to be relocated for the cleanup.
She believes they would have a better chance of survival this
way. Ms. Tan explained the Navy is going to do a biological survey
before cleanup takes place to pinpoint where the Western Pond
turtles are located, so that if the turtles have moved to a new
location, this can be addressed before cleanup occurs.
Ms. Lee outlined EPA's current activities as follows:
- EPA provided comments on the Revised Draft Site Characterization
Work Plan for Orion Park Housing and the Moffett Community Housing
Air Sampling Report. She said EPA's feels both reports are deficient
in that they do not address the Navy's responsibility to conduct
a full and complete RI and FS. In addition, she said the Navy's
air sampling is insufficient and does not meet the objectives
necessary to fully define the nature and extent of contamination
and evaluate the appropriate remedial action alternatives necessary
to clean up the site. EPA is also requesting that Orion Park Housing
become a site - Site 30.
Ms. Adriana Constantinescu, Project Manager for RWQCB, outlined
the agency's current activities:
- RWQCB also provided comments for the Revised Draft Site Characterization
Work Plan for Orion Park Housing. She said RWQCB's comments related
to the number of the proposed groundwater sampling points. RWQCB
feels these points are not sufficient to characterize an area
of the dimensions of the Orion Park Housing Area. RWQCB recommends
additional groundwater wells in the Orion Park Housing Area and
that data be collected for each of these wells. This will provide
better support on the interpretation of the subsurface and groundwater
conditions. For the interpretation of the data, RWQCB recommends
isotopic testing of the groundwater samples. RWQCB also recommends
that more samples be taken from the septic tanks. She said she
would like to e-mail the RAB on letters sent out on behalf of
- RWQCB provided comments on the Site 27 Northern Channel ROD.
RWQCB said additional data on the Western Pond turtles would be
presented in the remedial design document issued in mid 2005.
At this time, the Navy will present which areas within Site 27
will be excavated and during which season. The ROD is a legal
document presenting mainly the remedial alternatives for Site
Questions and Comments
- In response to a question by Ms. Lucas regarding what isotopic
Ms. Constantinescu explained that specialized leads are measured
in concentrations of carbon isotopes. This is a newer methodology,
mainly used in Canada and France, and has been used in various
Army and DOD sites and could bring in a better interpretation
of the data.
RAB Schedule - The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday,
10 March 2005, from
7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mountain View City Hall, Fourth Floor
The RAB meeting schedule for 2005 is as follows:
- May 12, 2005
- July 14, 2005
- September 15, 2005
- November 17, 2005
Future RAB Topics - The following topics were identified
for the next RAB meeting:
- NASA's Site 25 FS and Engineering Evaluation
- Site 29 (Hangar 1)
RAB Related Announcements - A public site tour is tentatively
scheduled for May 12th to be followed by an abbreviated RAB meeting.
Mr. Weissenborn requested that the RAB keep this date in mind.
Adjourn - Mr. Weissenborn adjourned the meeting at 9 p.m.
and thanked everyone for attending.
Mr. Weissenborn may be contacted with any questions regarding environmental
cleanup at Moffett Field:
Mr. Rick Weissenborn
Lead Remedial Project Manager, former NAS Moffett Field
Southwest Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command
1220 Pacific Highway
San Diego, California 92132-5190
GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED IN THESE MINUTES
BRAC - Base Realignment and Closure
CERCLA - Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and
DOD - Department of Defense
EATS - East-side Aquifer Treatment System
EPA - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
FFA - Federal Facilities Agreement
FS - FS
IRP - Installation Restoration Program
MROSD - Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
NAS - Naval Air Station
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NMAC - Northeast Mountain View Advisory Council
NPDES - National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
O&M - Operation & Maintenance
OU - Operable Unit
PCBSS - polychlorinated biphenyls
RAB - Restoration Advisory Board
RI - Remedial Investigation
ROD - Record of Decision
RWQCB - California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco
TCE - Trichlorethene
WATS - West-side Aquifers Treatment System