Naval Research Laboratory, Chesapeake Bay Detachment

Environmental Restoration Program Public Website

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.  

RAB Meetings

NEXT RAB MEETING: Tentatively scheduled for early fall 2022

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:

2021 May RAB Meeting Minutes
2020 December RAB Meeting Minutes
2019 December RAB Meeting Minutes

Information Repository

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
(410) 257-2411
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Friday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
Closed Sunday

Public Meetings

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
regina.f.adams.civ@us.navy.mil

 

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