Restoration Advisory Board

Meeting Location, Dates and Time

The Fort George G. Meade Restoration Advisory Board meeting will be held at the Marriot Courtyard at 2700 Hercules Road, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 (Click for map)

RAB meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of every other month at 7 p.m. Meeting dates for 2018 are scheduled for Jan. 18, March 15, May 17, July 19, Sept. 20, Nov. 15.

Public Involvement

A key to understanding the purpose of the Restoration Advisory Board is recognizing the value of true public involvement. A progressive and successful public involvement program prevents delays and assists, rather than deters, the project. A Restoration Advisory Board that represents the entire community establishes the basis for public rapport.

Community Interest Form

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The Fort Meade Environmental Division is soliciting for community members to serve as active members of the Fort Meade Restoration Advisory Board. The RAB enables the community and representatives of government agencies to meet and exchange information about Fort Meade’s environmental program. It also provides an opportunity for the community to review progress and participate in dialogue with the decision-makers.

RAB members will be expected to:
 Provide advice on environmental restoration issues to Army installations and regulatory agencies;
 Attend regular meetings, publicly announced and open to the public, at convenient times and locations;
 Review, evaluate and comment on environmental restoration documents;
 Identify project requirements;
 Recommend priorities among sites or projects

If you are interested in participating on the restoration advisory board, please call George Knight, Environmental Cleanup and Restoration Manager, at (301) 677-7999 or send email to george.b.knight7.civ@mail.mil, or complete and mail this form to U.S. Army Garrison Fort George G. Meade, Directorate of Public Works - Environmental Division, 4216 Roberts Avenue, Suite 5115, Fort Meade, MD 20755-7068

What is a RAB?

RAB meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of every other month at 7 p.m. In keeping with the goal of full public involvement in installation restoration decisions and activities, the Army encourages the creation of a Restoration Advisory Board (RAB). The RAB is a forum for discussion and exchange of information about an installation's environmental restoration program under Installation Restoration/Base Realignment and Closure (IR/BRAC) or Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS).

The RAB is composed of representatives of the community, installation and regulatory agencies and is a body of individuals providing individual advice, not a decision-making body. Both the installation and the community jointly chair the RAB. The RAB provides an opportunity for community participation and ongoing discussion and input and RAB complements, not replaces, other ongoing community relations activities.

When is a RAB required?

RABs must be established at installations where property is being transferred to the public and where there is sufficient, sustained community interest in the environmental restoration program. Criteria for determining sufficient interest are: · The installation is on the Base Realignment and Closure list, and property will be transferred to the public. · An affected local, state, tribal, or federal government entity requests a RAB be formed. · At least 50 residents of the local community or region sign a petition requesting that a RAB be formed. · The installation determines a RAB is needed.

  • The installation is on the Base Realignment and Closure list, and property will be transferred to the public.
  • An affected local, state, tribal, or federal government entity requests a RAB be formed.
  • At least 50 residents of the local community or region sign a petition requesting that a RAB be formed.
  • The installation determines a RAB is needed.

RAB members

Restoration Advisory Board members are

  • USAEC or army Installation
  • Local community
  • U.S. Environmental Protections Agency
  • State environmental regulatory agencies
  • Local government

RAB members' responsibilities

When a Restoration Advisory Board is established, the members are expected to:

  • Provide input to environmental restoration issues to Army installations and regulatory agencies
  • Hold regular meetings, which are publicly announced and open to the public at convenient times and locations
  • Review, evaluate and comment on project documents
  • Recommend priorities among sites or projects
  • Identify applicable standards for cleanup
  • Propose cleanup levels consistent with planned land use as specified in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)

A Restoration Advisory Board is NOT always established. The decision whether or not to form a RAB is made by the commander based on the level of community interest in the project.

Establishment

Establishment of the Restoration Advisory Board requires a careful, well-planned process:

  • Select co-chairpersons from the installation and the local community
  • Select members from the installation, regulatory agencies, and community via the RAB Membership Selection Panel
  • Establish procedures to handle membership resignations/additions
  • Define administrative, technical and public affairs support responsibilities
  • Establish funding for public participation, and administrative and technical support
  • Implement communication program for community involvement and notifications