Restoration Advisory Board
Revised March 2011
What is the Restoration
Advisory Board’s mission?
Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP) RAB mission is to establish and maintain
a forum with citizens and community organizations as well as local,
state, and federal agencies. The focus of the forum is the exchange
of environmental assessment and restoration information in an open,
balanced, and interactive dialogue. The function of the RAB is to
make informed recommendations to the Army and environmental agencies
for remedial activities.
serves on the RAB?
The RAB is primarily
made up of representatives from the local community. The RAB is
led by two co-chairpersons—one from the Army and one from the community.
Representatives from the
operating contractor at RFAAP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) attend
as interested parties.
are RAB members’ responsibilities?
- provide advice
on environmental restoration issues to RFAAP and regulatory agencies;
in regular meetings (typically 1–2 hours long,
three times a year);
- review, evaluate,
and comment on documents;
- provide input
to help shape project requirements;
priorities among sites or projects; and
- share information
(informally) about the IRP with people in the community.
will also elect a RAB community co-chairperson who, along with the
RAB Army co-chairperson, will determine meeting agendas, run meetings,
and ensure that issues related to the environmental restoration
are raised and adequately addressed.
The RAB Army
- ensures that
RAB membership reflects the diverse interests of the community;
- keeps meeting
minutes and makes them available to interested parties; and
maintains, and uses a mailing list of people who wish to receive
information on the cleanup program.
The U.S. Department of Defense established the Installation
Restoration Program (IRP) to address environmental impacts
of past activities on military installations. Through the
IRP, former hazardous materials disposal activities and
releases at the RFAAP are evaluated and addressed. In an
effort to keep the public informed about cleanup activities
at the facility and provide an opportunity for public involvement,
RFAAP formed a RAB in 1998.