Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant

Restoration Advisory Board (RAB)

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What is a Restoration Advisory Board or RAB?

A RAB is a stakeholder group that meets on a regular basis to discuss environmental restoration at a specific property that is either currently or was formerly owned by the Department of Defense (DoD), but where DoD oversees the environmental restoration process. RABs enable people interested in the environmental cleanup at a specific installation to exchange information with representatives of regulatory agencies, the Army, and the community. While the general public can comment on DoD’s environmental restoration program, RABs offer a focused and interactive opportunity to participate in the environmental restoration process.

The RAB provides the community with the opportunity to become involved in the environmental restoration process at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant either as a RAB member or through attendance at RAB meetings. RABs offer members the opportunity to influence cleanup decisions through discussion and to provide input to the Army’s decision makers. Because representatives of the environmental agencies overseeing cleanup participate in the RAB, the RAB offers members and the public the opportunity to share their questions, concerns, and ideas with agencies involved in the cleanup.

Does TCAAP have a RAB?

The TCAAP RAB was established in 1996. It remained active until 2015. The Army would like to re-establish the RAB but needs volunteer community members to do so.  A letter was sent to all the previous RAB members. In addition, the Army advertised in the following newspapers:

The Mission Statement and  Operating Procedures from the former TCAAP RAB are available for review, as well as a list of former members. If you are interested in participating on the RAB, please see below How to Get Involved in the RAB.

What does the RAB do?

The RAB reviews documents prepared by the Army about the environmental restoration process taking place at the former TCAAP and provides an opportunity for local citizen input into the cleanup process. The status of each of the sites undergoing cleanup is available on this website. Community input is critical to ensure understanding and acceptance of the decisions made by the U.S. Army, the MPCA, and the U.S. EPA. Please review the mission statement and operating procedures or minutes of previous meetings (below) for more information.

When is the next RAB meeting?

The Army is hosting a public meeting on January 14, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. CST to provide information to the community on the former TCAAP.  This meeting is being conducted virtually to maintain social distancing and protect the health of the community during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency.

The purpose of the meeting is to solicit interest and provide information on serving on the TCAAP RAB.  The Army will also provide an update on the cleanup program at the former TCAAP.

The meeting is open to the public.  Anyone interested in participating on the TCAAP RAB or wanting information on the TCAAP cleanup program is invited to attend.

The meeting will be held on MS teams.  You do not need to download the software to participate; you can access the meeting through your web browser.  If you’d prefer you can also dial into a teleconference line.  Please contact Kay Toye at 302-313-1770 or kay.toye@envrg.com for information on how to access the meeting via internet or phone.

The meeting Agenda and three briefings can be downloaded below before the meeting:
Agenda
Brief about RABs
Brief about Cleanup Status
Brief about DERP

The Round Lake Supplemental Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (SRI/FS) is still being reviewed. When the document is finalized, a link will be posted, and when the Proposed Plan is released, a public meeting will be scheduled.

We held a stakeholder’s call to provide a project update on October 15, 2020 and copy of the presentation is found here.

How do I get involved in the RAB?

Fill out the Community Interest Form and send to the address below.

If you have questions, please contact:
Cathy Kropp, Environmental PA Specialist

Mail:
U.S. Army Environmental Command
Attn: IMAE-PA (C. Kropp)
2455 Reynolds Road Mailstop 112
JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7588

Previous Meeting Minutes