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The EM Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB) was created to involve stakeholders more directly in EM cleanup decisions. When stakeholders share their opinions by becoming involved in cleanup discussions, federal decision-making and cleanup activities are improved. Public input helps agencies to make decisions that are cost effective, community specific and environmentally sound, which leads to faster, safer cleanups.

In accordance with its charter, the EM SSAB exists to provide the EM senior management with information, advice and recommendations concerning issues affecting the EM program at various sites.  Specifically, at the request of the Assistant Secretary or the site managers, the board may provide advice and recommendations concerning the following EM site-specific issues: cleanup standards and environmental restoration; waste management and disposition; stabilization and disposition of non-stockpile nuclear materials; excess facilities; future land use and long-term stewardship; risk assessment and management; and cleanup science and technology activities.

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The EM SSAB’s activities are governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which was enacted to ensure that the general public has access to advisory board deliberations and recommendations.  While only one FACA-chartered EM SSAB exists, eight local boards have been organized under its umbrella charter.  They include the Hanford Advisory Board, Idaho Cleanup Project Citizens Advisory Board, Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board, Nevada SSAB, Oak Ridge SSAB, Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board, and Portsmouth SSAB and Paducah Citizens Advisory Board.
 

 

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Local site board membership, which reflects a diversity of views, cultures and demographics from affected communities and regions, is composed primarily of people who are directly affected by site cleanup activities. Members include stakeholders from local governments, tribal nations, environmental and civic groups, labor organizations, universities, industry and other interested citizens.

 

 

EM SSAB Members Visit Cleanup Site

LOCAL SITE BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Submitting advice and recommendations to EM on site-specific issues  
  •  Representing and communicating the diversity of community views in their discussions
  •  Keeping the public informed on key issues, upcoming decisions and board recommendations

DOE'S OBLIGATIONS TO THE LOCAL SITE BOARDS

  • Keeping the Board informed about key issues and upcoming decisions
  • Requesting advice well in advance of DOE deadlines
  • Considering and responding in a timely manner to all Board recommendations
  • Providing adequate funding for administrative and technical support

Chairs Meetings

Chairs Meeting – May 2019
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting to be held in Aiken, S.C.
May 8, 2019
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Chairs Meeting - September 2018
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Alexandria, Virginia
September 11, 2018
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Chairs Meeting - May 2018
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Roswell, New Mexico
May 2, 2018
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Chairs Meeting - October 2017
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Kennewick, WA
October 17, 2017
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Chairs Meeting - May 2017
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Paducah, KY
May 9, 2017
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Chairs Meeting - August 2016
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Las Vegas, NV
August 31, 2016
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Chairs Meeting - April 2016
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
April 20, 2016
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Chairs Meeting - September 2015
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
September 2, 2015
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Chairs Meeting - April 2015
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Augusta, Georgia.
April 30, 2015
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Chairs Meeting - September 2014
EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
September 17, 2014
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Recommendations & Letters

EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters 2018-03
Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.
November 27, 2018
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EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters - 2018-02
Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.
June 29, 2018
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EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters - 2018-01
Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.
May 7, 2018
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EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters - 2017-02
Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.
December 20, 2017
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EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters - 2017-01
Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.
October 3, 2017
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EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters - 2016-01
Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.
October 31, 2016
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EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters - 2015-01

Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.

December 23, 2015
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EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters - 2014-05

Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.

September 30, 2014
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EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters - 2014-04

Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.

September 30, 2014
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EM SSAB Recommendations and Letters - 2014-01

Included recommendations, letters, and other related materials.

May 27, 2014
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Guidance

Guidance

EM SSAB Charter
The Environmental Management Site Specific Advisory Board's (SSAB)'s most recent charter outlines the objective, structure, and scope of the Board.
EM-SSAB Policies & Procedures
Document provides guidance regarding the operation of the EM-SSAB.
DOE Manual - ADVISORY COMMITTEE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
This Manual supplements the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Title 5 United States Code (U.S.C.), Appendix 2, as amended.

How Can You Get Involved?

Advisory Board meetings serve as a two-way exchange between members of the public and DOE. They always include a public comment and question/answer period through which you can voice your issues or submit written questions. DOE responds to the comments and considers them during decision-making.

If you are interested in serving on a local board, please contact the office nearest you.

Contact

David Borak
Designated Federal Officer
Phone: (202) 586-9928
E-mail: David.Borak@em.doe.gov