Restoration Advisory Board
The NRL-CBD Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) is a vital link between the community and government decision-makers. The Navy and the appropriate regulatory agencies are responsible for making decisions about the Environmental Restoration (ER) Program. Part of the decision-making process is to consider comments from the public and respond to them.
The purpose of a RAB is to encourage regular, two-way communication between the Navy and the local community by:
• Informing the public regarding the progress of planned and ongoing restoration actions at the facility
• Communicating the results of investigations and risk assessments when available
• Receiving feedback from the public as to their specific concerns and information needs
• Providing the public with the opportunity to comment on and participate in addressing technical decisions associated with ER sites at the facility
The RAB contains representatives from the Navy, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), local government officials, and community members. The NRL-CBD RAB was formed in December 2019. The RAB is co-chaired by an elected community member and a Navy representative. RAB members are considered a key source in efforts to communicate openly and effectively with the community at large. They are provided with information about the ER Program and their input on remediation decisions is actively sought.
The Community Involvement Plan describes the Navy’s community involvement program for environmental restoration.
NEXT RAB MEETING: September 14, 2022, 5:00-7:00 p.m
NRL-CBD’s RAB meets twice a year and meetings are open to the public.
The RAB met most recently on November 10, 2021. The agenda for this meeting included a discussion of previous questions about the Site 10 (Fire Testing Area) Site Inspection and a presentation from a representative of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The draft meeting minutes, including the presentation and a list of questions submitted by RAB members, are available for review:
• Draft 2021 November RAB Meeting Minutes
For more information, please contact Regina Adams, NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs Officer, at 202-685-0384 or NAVFAC_NFW_PUBLICAFFAIRSOFFICE@navy.mil.
Past RAB meeting presentations can be found at the links below, along with written questions submitted after the May 2021 RAB, with responses from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Navy:
• MDE Q&A 2021
• Navy Q&A 2021
• 2021 May RAB Meeting Minutes
• 2020 December RAB Meeting Minutes
• 2019 December RAB Meeting Minutes
The Navy released the Final Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Site Inspection Report for Site 10 – Fire Testing Area in June 2022. The document can be found HERE.
NRL-CBD environmental documents are available under the Administrative Record tab of this website.
Additionally, when documents are available for public review they are placed at the information repository below:
Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch
3819 Harbor Rd.
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Friday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
Public meetings are typically held at the Northeast Community Center. Details of public meetings will be announced ahead of time. The Northeast Community Center is located at:
4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave.
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
For information on the next public meeting or previous meetings, please contact the Public Affairs Officer.
Previous Public Meeting Posters and Fact Sheets:
• 2019 August Public Meeting RAB Interest Posters
• 2018 October Public Meeting PFAS Posters
• 2018 October NRL-CBD Drinking Water Investigation Initial Results Fact Sheet
• 2018 July Public Meeting PFAS Posters
• 2018 June NRL-CBD Drinking Water Investigation Fact Sheet
Public Affairs Officer
The NAVFAC Public Affairs Office (PAO) for the ER program at NRL-CBD can be reached at the following address and phone number:
NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs Office
Attn: Regina Adams, Public Affairs Officer
1314 Harwood St.
Washington Navy Yard, D.C.
Phone: (202) 685-0384