Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Environmental Overview and Restoration Advisory Board
The Navy held an open house posterboard session November 6, 2023 to provide community members with an opportunity to learn more about the Navy's program to investigate and clean up the environment from hazardous substances at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. If you were unable to attend this event, information presented is available to view and download HERE.
The Navy, in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) is currently measuring community interest in re-establishing the Restoration Advisory Board. The Restoration Advisory Board is a group of local community members who meet with and provide input to the Navy and state and federal regulatory agency staff a few times per year to discuss environmental cleanup on the installation. To learn more about the Restoration Advisory Board and what is involved as a community member, please click HERE to download an informational flyer and application.
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)
In 1995, the Navy established a Restoration Advisory Board for NNSY, comprised of community members as well as representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ). The RAB typically met annually until 2007 when community interest in the RAB began to wane. From 2007 to 2011 two RAB meetings were held (2010 and 2011), but the RAB has been inactive since.
The NNSY Partnering Team is currently considering reestablishing the RAB.
What is the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)?
A RAB is a group of interested local community members who meet with and help advise Navy, and federal and state regulatory agency staff several times per year to discuss environmental investigations and cleanup at the base. The RAB will give the community access to information about the progress of the Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) activities at NNSY. The RAB is not a decision-making board, but a valuable resource in ensuring local knowledge, issues, and concerns are considered and incorporated where appropriate into the Navy’s planning and execution of the ERP at NNSY. The Navy will consider all advice provided by the RAB, whether offered as a consensus or by individual members.
What would I do as a RAB Member?
Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) members have two unique roles: (1) Provide advice to Navy decision makers and (2) Act as a liaison with the community to share information learned at RAB meetings and bring questions and concerns to the RAB. If interested, please download and fill out the application in the section below.
RAB member responsibilities include:
Serve as volunteers and attend meetings several times per year
Review and comment on various technical documents and related site information
Serve as a two-way liaison with the community, sharing community questions and concerns at RAB meetings and sharing information learned with community members.
Click Here for the RAB Membership Application.
Community Involvement Plan
The Community Involvement Plan (CIP) identifies community concerns about the investigation and restoration of potentially contaminated sites at NNSY and describes how the Navy will meet the needs of the local community for information about, and participation in, the ongoing investigation and remedial processes.
To view the current Community Involvement Plan (2019), Click Here (May take a few minutes to fully load)
For additional information pertaining to the Navy’s ERP, please contact the Navy Public Affairs Officer at:
Navy Public Affairs Office
9324 Virginia Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23511-3095