Picatinny Arsenal Environmental
Restoration Advisory Board
This is the official web site of the Picatinny Arsenal Environmental Restoration Advisory Board ( PAERAB ).
The PAERAB was officially formed in 1996 with its founding charter having been
finally approved and signed by its founding members on August 15, 1996. It is the
official successor organization to the Technical Review Committee ( TRC ) of
Picatinny Arsenal which had previously overseen the environmental remediation
effort at Picatinny Arsenal during the years from 1989 until 1995.
Purpose of the PAERAB
The PAERAB is a federally authorized ( 32 CFR Part 202, Section 2705 of
Title 10 US Code ) technical review / liaison interagency board charged by
congressional mandate with the oversight of the environmental restoration
effort at the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering
Center that is located in Morris County, New Jersey. The PAERAB is a
deliberative technical body that also serves a public liaison capacity by
including among its members an official representative of each of the
communities immediately adjacent to Picatinny Arsenal.
County and Municipal Governments Officially Represented
In addition, to the several municipalities located adjacent to Picatinny
Arsenal a not inconsiderable amount of individuals reside at and/or are
employed on the physical premises of the arsenal. Accordingly, the following
groups are also officially represented on the PAERAB :
Community Groups Officially Represented
Residents of Picatinny Arsenal
Employees at Picatinny Arsenal
Relevance to Picatinny Arsenal's Mission
To the extent that the PAERAB assists the cleanup effort at Picatinny Arsenal
it also indirectly serves to facilitate the arsenal's accomplishment of its own
mission. For the presence of environmental contaminants at any military facility
tends to constitute a potential obstruction of that facility's ability to achieve its
assigned national security objectives since those contaminants tend to
complicate and hinder the following ongoing efforts at that facility :
Efficient exploitation of its terrain.
Proper maintainance of its physical infrastructure.
Thorough modernization of its physical infrastructure.
Augmentation of its infrastructure.
Assuring the health, safety and welfare of facility personnel.
Assuring the health, safety and welfare of facility residents.
To fulfill its mission of assisting the environmental remediation effort at Picatinny Arsenal both the
PAERAB and its precursor organization, the Technical Review Committee (TRC), had
consistently endeavored throughout the years to include in their deliberations and in their
memberships diverse technically qualified individuals who are capable of both representing
Picatinny Arsenal’s neighboring communities and also of assisting its extensive cleanup effort.
Expertise of Community Members
Specifically, the PAERAB seeks to enlist individuals who can contribute
expertise derived from the practical application and/or study of any
combination of the following knowledge and skill sets:
Biology / Zoology
Chemistry / Chemical
Geology / Mineralogy (
Including knowledge of radioisotopes and naturally occurring radioactive
substances such as those present in the soil that contribute to local “background radiation”.)
Land Use and Urban Management /
Munitions Manufacturing, Stabilization,
Storage and/or Use (Preferably of munitions researched, tested,
manufactured, utilized and/or stored at this Arsenal.)
Many, if not all, of the community members of the PAERAB have served and/or are
currently serving on diverse boards, commissions, committees, or departments
whose purview is the environmental protection, environmental remediation,
health safeguarding and/or urban development of a municipality, county, state
or region. Community members of the PAERAB have been associated with such
sundry and diverse environmental activist organizations as the Upper Rockaway
River Watershed Association, the Highlands Coalition, the Association of New
Jersey Environmental Commissions and various local municipal environmental
commissions such as those of Jefferson Township and Rockaway Township.
In order to serve the environmental remediation effort at Picatinny Arsenal more effectively
both the PAERAB and its precursor organization, the TRC, had deliberately sought to include such nearby
eminent academic institutions as the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Rutgers University, and
Stevens Institute of Technology precisely because of the presence of recycling, environmental
contamination and/or remediation research programs at those institutions. Accordingly, NJIT
which has an established facility and programs devoted to matters of environmental contamination and
remediation is currently officially represented on the PAERAB and it is hoped that additional representatives
from similarly qualified institutions will also be included in the future.
The principal environmental restoration partners are all represented on the PAERAB: the US Army, the
NJDEP, the USEPA. All of the restoration partners are accorded the opportunity to have their representatives
to the PAERAB present their respective viewpoints and perspectives during public PAERAB meetings with
substantiating data, expert testimony and/or analyses.
The U.S. Army’s representative serves as one of the PAERAB’s two co-chairpersons. A community member
is selected from among the community members to serve as the other co-chairperson. The community
co-chairperson shall be responsible for presiding at each meeting. Should the community co-chairperson be
unavailable then the U.S. Army's co-chairperson shall preside. Both of the co-chairpersons shall be
responsible for coordinating each meeting's agenda.
In accordance with the founding charter of the PAERAB, each of the above
specified officially represented communities is entitled to select one
individual to represent that community as a serving member of the PAERAB. One
membership is also reserved for a representative of the residents at Picatinny
Arsenal. Two memberships are reserved for representatives of the arsenal's
employees: this is inclusive of both retired and current employees. Two board
memberships are specifically reserved for members of local environmental groups
and one membership is reserved for a representative of NJIT. Additional
memberships may be accorded to individuals with an interest in the
environmental remediation of Picatinny Arsenal. Such members shall serve as
Members of the PAERAB must be willing to communicate with local community
members and interest groups concerning specific cleanup issues and they must
also be willing to bring local concerns to the attention of the whole PAERAB.
Accordingly, members are expected to serve as a direct and reliable conduit for
communication between the public and those government agenices responsible for
cleanup activities at Picatinny Arsenal.
All meetings of the PAERAB shall be open to the public. Attendance by members of the
public is welcome. Public board meetings are advertised in the local media and on this
website. With the possible exception of PAERAB meetings conducted at the arsenal itself,
our public meetings are conducted at wheelchair accessible locations easily accessed by
the public. Limited site tours of various locations of environmental interest at Picatinny Arsenal
are periodically conducted for the edification of board members and other interested individuals.
Such site tours may be combined with a PAERAB meeting at the arsenal to be conducted either
before the tour or immediately afterwards. Attendance of board meetings conducted at
Picatinny Arsenal where security restrictions may apply typically requires that visitors must
first submit to arsenal authorities prior notice of their intent to attend including their identity
particulars. To actually attend such a meeting it may be required that proof of identity be
first submitted to arsenal security personnel for verification. For specific information regarding
attendance of a PAERAB meeting and/or site tour at Picatinny Arsenal please consult arsenal
PAERAB meetings shall be conducted in conformance with Robert's Rules of Order. Each
meeting shall proceed in accordance with an agenda determined by both co-chairpersons.
The agenda of a meeting must be submitted to board members prior to that meeting.
Individuals observing PAERAB meetings may ask questions related to the specific agenda item
being discussed. Questions and/or comments regarding other topics shall be reserved until
that portion of the meeting deemed to be for Open Discussion.
General business conducted during a meeting that warrants the casting of votes
shall be determined by a simple majority vote. Dissenting opinions shall be
recorded in the meeting minutes.
The PAERAB's charter may be amended with a 2/3 vote of the assembled board
members during a meeting. All prospective amendments must be specified in
writing. Prospective amendments must be announced in the meeting agenda at
least one meeting prior to the actual meeting scheduled for its consideration