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Photo of the 2019 Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) annual meeting
ORSSAB members regularly meet with representatives from DOE’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, EPA, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to provide input on environmental cleanup and stewardship.
Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) members tour the Aquatics Lab at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
ORSSAB members recently toured Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Aquatics Lab, where researchers explained how their sampling and study efforts are helping understand and track biodiversity in the East Fork Poplar Creek.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) invites applicants to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).  The board and its Environmental Management & Stewardship Committee meet monthly to hear directly from OREM personnel on cleanup projects and related decisions.

Topics include, but are not limited to, removal of excess facilities, annual budget requests to Congress, groundwater remediation, hazardous waste management and long-term stewardship. Members then discuss and develop recommendations for OREM based on their insight as members of the community. As a citizens advisory board, technical expertise is not required. Members will learn as they serve through education at the meetings as well as participation in other events, such as site tours.

To be most effective, the board needs a broad spectrum of backgrounds and viewpoints from residents in the counties surrounding the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation. Applications are desired from residents in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, Roane and Union counties. Terms are for two years, and members may serve up to three terms, for a total of six years on the board.

The deadline for submitting applications is December 31. Download an ORSSAB membership application.  Questions? Email staff at or browse our ORSSAB member education page. The board can also be reached at (865) 241-4583 or 241-4584.

Meetings are held most months at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the DOE Information Center in Oak Ridge, 1 Way, Oak Ridge, Tenn. 37830. ORSSAB’s next meeting is 6 p.m. November 13 at the DOE Information Center. The presentation will be on project initiatives at the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. All ORSSAB board and committee meetings are open to the public.


ORSSAB is a federally chartered citizens’ panel launched in 1995 to provide input and recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management regarding its environmental cleanup activities across the Oak Ridge Reservation. The board meets the second Wednesday of most months at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center, 1 Way in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Meetings of the board and its committees are open to the public. For more information, visit ORSSAB’s website or follow the ORSSAB Facebook page and ORSSAB YouTube channel.