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John A. Owsley - EMAB Board Member

John A. Owsley serves as the Director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of DOE Oversight. The Division implements the Tennessee Oversight Agreement (TOA) and the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) at the DOE Oak Ridge Operations and National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 Security Complex. The TOA involves monitoring the Oak Ridge ambient environment, assuring DOE is in compliance with all Federal, State, and local environmental regulations and assists in emergency response initiatives and public information. The FFA provides for the application of CERCLA (Superfund) Regulations on the Oak Ridge Reservation National Priority List site.

From October 1991 to December 2000, Mr. Owsley served as Assistant Director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of DOE Oversight.

From 1989 through 1991, Mr. Owsley served as Field Office Manager for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Underground Storage Tanks. He managed two regional field offices and directed field staff to assess the remediation of petroleum released to the environment, assure the safe and compliant closure of underground petroleum storage tank systems and the safe and compliant storage of petroleum products.

From 1988 through 1989, Mr. Owsley served as an Environmental Specialist for the Technical Review Section of the Underground Storage Tank Program in the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment’s Division of Superfund. He managed casework involving the cleanup of released petroleum products.

From 1986 through 1988, Mr. Owsley served as Chief Biologist for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Environmental Laboratories. He worked as a biologist for the State’s Environmental Laboratory from 1977 through 1986.

Mr. Owsley completed the Tennessee Government Executive Institute Program in 1994. He holds a M.S. in Biology from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Owsley represents the State of Tennessee in the National Governors Association’s Federal Facilities Task Force, and is the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s liaison to the Oak Ridge Site-Specific Advisory Board.

Mr. Owsley was appointed to EMAB to represent the views of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.