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Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board

2014 ORSSAB board members are pictured with representatives from DOE and TDEC.

2014 ORSSAB board members are pictured with representatives from DOE and TDEC.

The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) is a federally appointed citizens’ panel that provides independent advice and recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.

History

The board, formed in 1995, is composed of up to 22 members. These members are selected to reflect and represent the diversity of gender, race, occupations, and interests of residents living near the Oak Ridge Reservation. Members are appointed by DOE and serve on a voluntary basis, without compensation. Non-voting liaisons include representatives from DOE’s EM program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Non-voting student participants also serve on the board to represent the viewpoints and concerns of area youth.

Mission

The board's mission is to provide informed advice and recommendations concerning site specific issues related to the DOE EM program. To provide unbiased evaluation and recommendations on DOE’s cleanup efforts related to the Oak Ridge site, the Board seeks opportunities for input through collaborative dialogue with the communities surrounding the Oak Ridge Reservation, governmental regulators, and other stakeholders.

Membership

The board is composed of up to 22 members, chosen to reflect the diversity of gender, race, occupation, views, and interests of people living near the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation. Members are appointed by DOE and serve on a voluntary basis, without compensation, for a 2-year term. ORSSAB bylaws limit members to three consecutive 2-year terms.

Technical expertise is not required for board membership, since we desire a broad spectrum of backgrounds and viewpoints. Applicants do not have to be solely from Oak Ridge. We also encourage residents from the counties affected by DOE operations, including Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, Roane, and Union.

All applicants are welcome to participate in board activities and meetings as members of the public regardless of whether they are selected to serve as a member of the board. Applicants and all members of the public may fully participate in committee meetings, including voting.