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  NEWPORT NAVAL EDUCATION/TRAINING CENTER


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 Newport; Middletown; Portsmouth; and Jamestown,  Rhode Island
 Newport County
 Street Address: Defense Highway (Burma Road)
 Zip Code: 02871
 Congressional
 District(s):

01
 EPA ID #: RI6170085470
 Site ID #: 0101431
 Site Aliases: U.S. Navy McAllister, DOD/NETC/McAllister Point Landfill, Naval Station Newport

 Site Responsibility: Federal

 NPL LISTING HISTORY
 Proposed Date 07/14/1989
 Final Date 11/21/1989

Site Description
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The 1,063-acre Newport Naval Education/Training Center (NETC) site has been used by the Navy as a refueling depot since 1900. An 11-acre portion of the site along the shore of Narragansett Bay, known as McAllister Point Landfill, accepted wastes consisting primarily of domestic refuse, acids, solvents, paint, waste oil, and oil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from 1955 to the mid-1970s. Five tank farms are located in the Melville area; one is located in Midway. Sludge from nearby tank farms was dumped on the ground or burned in chambers. Other contaminated areas on site, such as the Melville North Landfill, are classified as Formerly Used Defense sites and are being addressed separately. Surface water and groundwater flow toward the bay, which is used for boating and fishing. One tank farm is located 300 feet from a coastal wetland. Other areas of concern include Old Fire Fighting Training Area/Site 09, Tank Farm Four/Site 12, Tank Farm Five/Site 13, Gould Island, and Derecktor Shipyard. An estimated 4,800 people obtain drinking water and 220 acres of land are irrigated from private wells located within 3 miles of the site. Approximately 10,000 people live within 3 miles of the site.

Threats and Contaminants
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Monitoring wells detected petroleum products and heavy metals, including lead, in the groundwater. Groundwater also is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), PCBs, and petroleum hydrocarbons. Landfill soil and leachate contain heavy metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, and PCBs. Initial studies have shown that none of the areas on site pose an immediate threat to public health. However, the site warrants a study to assess potential long-term impacts. The tidal action of the Narragansett Bay may spread contamination to the shore, marine environment, and nearby wetlands.

Cleanup Approach
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The site is being addressed in six stages: initial actions and five long-term remedial phases focusing on cleanup of the McAllister Point Landfill, Tank Farms, Old Fire Training Area, Derecktor Shipyard and the remaining site areas which include Coddington Cove Rubble Fill, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Disposal Area, and the Gould Island Electroplating Shop.

Response Action Status
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Initial Action A 1991 investigation revealed elevated levels of petroleum hydrocarbons in soils. This study led to the removal of the contents of Tanks 53 and 56. These tanks were closed pursuant to the State of Rhode Island's underground storage requirements. Another action is scheduled to remove known soil contamination and to address groundwater contamination around the tanks.

McAllister Point Landfill: Source Control/Landfill Capping Remedy (OU1) and Marine Sediment/Management of Migration Remedy (OU4) A Record of Decision was signed in 1993 for the landfill. The remedy called for capping of the landfill. This action will eliminate the infiltration of rainfall through waste materials and reduce the generation of leachate released to the near shore marine environment. This source control remedy also required a series of additional investigations to determine if the landfill gases will require treatment, if additional measures are necessary to address the lateral flow of groundwater and delineate near-shore contamination of the sediments, and whether Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (NAPLs) are present. Design of the landfill capping remedy was completed in 1994. Construction of the remedy was completed in December 1996. Annual reports are submitted by the Navy on the Operations, Maintenance and Monitoring activities completed each year at the lanfill to maintain the protectiveness of the remedy. A second Record of Decision (ROD) was signed in February 2000 for Marine Sediments/Management of Migration to address contaminated marine sediment adjacent to the landfill. Dredging was completed in October 2001 and eelgrass restoration efforts occurred in March 2005 and September 2006. Monitoring of the Marine Sediment remedy occurred for 5 years, from 2004 through 2008. The results of the 5 rounds of monitoring were evaluated in the 2009 Five Year Review (December 2009). The 2009 FYR concluded that the remedies at McAllister Point are protective of human health and the environment, and exposure pathways that could result in unacceptable risks are being controlled. The source control remedy (OU1) is complete and functioning as intended. Groundwater, vent gas, and ambient air monitoring are on-going to assure emissions are within acceptable parameters. Groundwater migration does not appear to be providing contaminants above RGs to the bay. Continued monitoring at wells within the landfill and on the western edge will assure protectiveness. The dredging and backfilling activities for the near shore and elevated risk off-shore marine sediment remedial action (OU4) are complete. The sediment and porewater monitoring results show ICOCs below remediation goals (RGs) for sediment, and most are below baseline PRGs. Continued monitoring and comparison to baseline PRGs will assure no RGs are exceeded, though a decreased frequency is appropriate. In August 2010, revisions to the LTMP for McAllister Point Landfill were approved.

Tank Farms An investigation into the nature and extent of site contamination was completed in 1992. An interim cleanup remedy to contain contaminated groundwater originating from Tank Farm 5 was selected in 1992. A groundwater pump and treat system has been installed to eliminate the flow of contaminated groundwater from the source area soils to the adjacent Narragansett Bay. Additional investigations are scheduled that will further define the nature and extent of contamination associated with all of the Tank Farms, characterize the sludge material in the oil/water separator, confirm the contamination levels in on-site groundwater, and determine the significance of inorganic contaminant levels in soil and groundwater. The Navy has decided to fast track investigations at the five tank farms in order to facilitate reuse of the area as a golf course for Navy personnel. Although investigations will not be complete, the Navy is optimistic that construction of the golf course can begin in the fall of 2005. Investigation and cleanup of contaminated soils at Tank Farms 4 and 5 was completed in June 2007. In October 2011, the Navy issued draft Feasibility Studies for Tank Farms 4 and 5. The Tank Farm 4 remedy was selected in September 2013 and the Tank Farm 5 remedy was selected in January 2014. Remedial design is underway at Tank Farms 4 and 5. Tank Farms 1, 2, and 3 are undergoing a data gap evaluation and a Feasibility Study is expected to begin soon.

Old Fire Fighting Training Area The Navy has evaluated the nature and extent of contamination at the site. Several removal actions have occurred at the site including soil removal and off-site disposal and replacement of the revetment wall which protects the site from wave action. The three mounds were excavated in the fall of 2004 and the rest of the contaminated soil will be excavated in the fall of 2007. Construction on the revetment wall will be completed in 2011. The groundwater, soils, and sediments were addressed in a September 2010 ROD. The selected remedy is a soil cover, land use controls, and long-term monitoring for groundwater and sediments. Construction was completed in August 2014.

Derecktor Shipyard The Navy evaluated alternatives to address the contamination in the sediments offshore of the shipyard. An FS was prepared in 1998 but RIDEM disagreed over the appropriate sediment cleanup number. A revised FS was developed in February 2008. The Navy plans to collect additional sediment samples in the Spring of 2011 with the goal of identifying areas for removal. The final remedy for Offshore was completed in September 2014.
On the onshore portion of the site, buried deposits of sandblast grit were discovered in December 2004 on the onshore area of the site and were investigated in 2005. A second removal action for sandblast grit will be completed in December 2007. In the Spring of 2012, the Navy will take additional samples to evaluate the onshore groundwater and soils. The final remedy for Onshore was completed in September 2014.


Gould Island - Former Building 32 Field work for the remedial investigation at Building 32 on Gould Island began in the spring of 2006. This study identified the nature and extent of soil, sediment, and groundwater contamination. A Phase II RI is currently underway. In September 2011, the Navy issued a draft Feasibility Study for the site. The final remedy was completed in June 2014.

Remaining Site Areas Investigations into the nature and extent of contamination at the remaining site areas including the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill and the Tank Farms 1, 2 and 3 are planned.

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Disposal Area The RI work plan was approved in November 2006. Field work for the RI was completed in 2008. Phase I of the RI Report was completed in January 2010. The Draft Phase II of the RI Report was issued in December 2010. The Final Supplemental RI was issued in October 2011. The Final Feasibility Study was issued in July 2012. The ROD for this Operable Unit was signed in September 2012 and includes remedial action for soil, sediment and groundwater contamination. In 2013, the Navy completed remedial pre-design investigations and begin design of the NUSC Disposal Area remedy. Construction is underway.

Enforcement HighlightsThis site is being addressed under the Installation Restoration Program, a specially-funded program established by the Department of Defense (DOD) in 1978 to identify, investigate, and control the migration of hazardous contaminants at military and other DOD facilities.

Environmental Progress
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The removal of the contents of Tanks 53 and 56, the construction of a landfill cap over the McAllister Point Landfill, and the installation of a groundwater pump and treat system at the Tank Farms have reduced the potential for exposure to contaminants at the Newport Naval Education/Training Center site while additional cleanup actions are being planned. Contaminated sediment and debris has been removed from the area adjacent to the McAllister Point Landfill and the eelgrass has been restored. Contaminated soil has been excavated from Tank Farms 4 and 5. Contaminated soil and debris were removed from the Old Fire Fighter Training Area in 2005.

Current Site Status
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The Naval Education and Training Center encompasses 1063 acres on the west coast of Aquineck Island in the towns of Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport, RI. The Base also encompasses the northern third of Gould Island in the Town of Jamestown, RI. The site includes multiple areas of contamination, including one landfill, a fire training area, a former shipyard, five tank farms, and varying degrees of groundwater contamination. The U.S. Navy is the lead agency for site investigation and cleanup, with formal oversight by EPA via a federal facilities agreement (FFA) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. EPA funded a Technical Assistance Grant to the Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District to provide technical assistance to the community.

The cap was completed at the McAllister Point Landfill in 1996. The pump and treat system for the groundwater at Tanks 53 & 56 was shut off in 1998 and is currently under evaluation for a final remedy decision. Dredging offshore of the McAllister Point Landfill was completed in October 2001. Investigations are completed at the Old Fire Fighting Training Area, NUWC Disposal Area, the Derecktor Shipyard, and Gould Island. Investigations at the Tanks Farms began in early 2003 and investigations at the Coddington Cove Rubble Fill Area began in 2010. Preliminary investigations at the Carr Point site were completed in 2010 and Navy will begin remedial investigations at both the former Carr Point Storage Area and former Carr Point Munitions Response Program (MRP) Site in 2013. The Five Year Reviews completed in December 1999, December 2004, December 2009, and planned for December 2014 confirmed that all remedies implemented would protect human health and the environment. Access is restricted at most of the remaining sites where remedies have not been implemented in order to minimize the potential threats to human health and the environment.

Site Photos
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Links to Other Site Information
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Disclaimer Instructions about PDF

Newsletters & Press Releases:
Press Releases about this project  
Proposed Plan, Site 9: Old Fire Fighting Training Area, June 2010 (9.4 MB)  

Federal Register Notices:
Final NPL Listing  

Reports and Studies:
Five Year Review Report, December 30, 1999 (2,415KB)  
Second Five Year Review Report, December 22, 2004 (1,311KB)  
Five Year Review Report, December 17, 2009 (12.2 MB)  
Naval Station Newport Wind Resource Assessment, February 2012 (3.05 MB)  
Renewable Energy Optimization Report for Naval Station Newport, February 2012 (5.45 MB)  

Decision Documents:
View Records of Decision (RODS) on-line (EPA HQ)  
Record of Decision (ROD) for Operable Unit 03, September 28, 2010 (3.13 MB)  
Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) for Operable Unit 03, September 26, 2012 (573 KB)  
Record of Decision (ROD) for Operable Unit 07, Site 8 - Naval Undersea Systems Center Disposal Area, September 26, 2012 (6.07 MB)  
Record of Decision (ROD) - Decision Unit 4-1 at Tank Farm 4 - Site 12, Operable Unit 11, September 30, 2013 (5.25 MB)  
Record of Decision (ROD) - Decision Unit 5-1 at Tank Farm 5 - Site 13, Operable Unit 02, January 09, 2014 (4.94 MB)  
Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD), Site 9 - Old Fire Fighting Training Area, Operable Unit 3, June 12, 2014 (765 KB)  
Record of Decision (ROD), Site 17 - Former Building 32 at Gould Island, Operable Unit 6, June 30, 2014 (14.5 MB)  
Record of Decision (ROD) - Site 19 - Former Derecktor Shipyard Marine Sediment Operable Unit (OU) 5, September 16, 2014 (20.0 MB)  
Record of Decision (ROD) - Site 19 - On-Shore Derecktor Shipyard Soil and Groundwater - Operable Unit (OU) 12, September 16, 2014 (33.8 MB)  

Other Links:
NPL Site Narrative at Listing:  
Site Progress Profile  
US Navy Restoration Advisory Board Web Site  

Site Repositories
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Newport Public Library, Aquidneck Park, Newport, RI 02840
Middletown Free Library, Middletown, RI 02842
Portsmouth Free Library Association, Portsmouth, RI 02871


Contacts
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EPA Remedial Project Manager: Kymberlee Keckler
Site Responsibilities: Old Fire Fighting Training Area, Tank Farms 1 through 5, Derecktor Shipyard, and Gould Island
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OSRR07-3
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #: 617-918-1385
E-Mail Address: keckler.kymberlee@epa.gov

EPA Remedial Project Manager #2: William Lovely
Site Responsibilities: Carr Point, McAllister Point, Melville Water Tower, Coddington Cove Rubble Fill, NUSC Disposal Area
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OSRR07-1
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #: 617-918-1240
E-Mail Address: lovely.william@epa.gov

EPA Community Involvement Coordinator: Sarah White
Address: US Environmental Protection Agency
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: ORA20-1
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone #: 617-918-1026
E-Mail Address: white.sarah@epa.gov

State Agency Contact: Pamela Crump
Address: RI DEM
235 Promenage Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone #: 401-222-2797 ext. 7020
E-Mail Address: pamela.crump@dem.ri.gov

 


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