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's (DOE) Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM).

FY 2019 Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board group photo

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DOE cleanup on the Oak Ridge Reservation affects multiple counties in East Tennessee and your input matters.

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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.

​The ORSSAB work plan guides activities during the year. Suggestions for work plan topics are provided by DOE OREM, EPA, TDEC, and ORSSAB members prior to the Board’s annual meeting. Work plan topics are selected from the suggestions provided at the annual meeting. Topics are then incorporated into the ORSSAB Work Plan/Schedule. This work plan, which is a “living document,” is updated as needed as the Board year progresses. 

The board's overall process is guided by its bylaws. Summaries of its activities are provided in annual reports.

The board meets the 2nd Wednesday of most months

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In response to COVID-19, the DOE Office of Environmental Management is currently holding all SSAB meetings virtually. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as circumstances change. 

To attend meetings or have your public comment included at the live event, please email orssab@orem.doe.gov one week in advance. Public comment will be accepted for five days after the meeting and included in the written record.

Leadership

Michelle Lohmann, Board Chair

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Membership

The board, formed in 1995, 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.

The board conducts active member recruitment every fall, but accepts applications year round - fill out the ORSSAB membership application.

New members undergo training to prepare them to serve on the board. You can see some of those materials on our ORSSAB New Member Education webpage

The board also uses a committee structure to achieve its mission and conduct many of its tasks. Currently there are two committees: the Executive Committee and the Environmental Management and Stewardship Committee.

Members of the public are welcome to participate in board activities and meetings. Members of the public may fully participate in committee meetings, including voting.

Other participants

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.

How Can I Participate?

Membership: To apply please complete the membership application form. Applications are accepted at any time, but new members are usually added to the board once each year. Questions? Contact the ORSSAB support office at orssab@orem.doe.gov or call (865) 241-4583 or toll-free, 1-800-382-6938, option 4.

Technical expertise is not required for board membership, since we desire a broad spectrum of backgrounds and viewpoints. Members learn as they serve. New members are provided a welcome packet with resources to familiarize themselves with the board and the history of OREM cleanup. You can see much of that information on our ORSSAB New Member Education webpage, including relevant publications, rules governing the board, and video training. One of the first activities for new members is a tour of the DOE sites.

Applicants do not have to be solely from Oak Ridge. We particularly encourage residents from the counties most affected by DOE operations: 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.

Meetings: All meetings are held at the DOE Information Center, 1 Science.Gov Way in Oak Ridge unless otherwise stated.

Members of the public are welcome to participate in board activities and meetings. Members of the public may fully participate in committee meetings, including voting.

Meeting materials for current and past meetings are available online. Generally, the meeting agenda is posted before the meeting and meeting presentations, minutes or other materials are available shortly after the meeting has taken place.

Subscribe to Our Newsletters

To receive ORSSAB's weekly email newsletter or its quarterly publication, the Advocate, send an email to orssab@orem.doe.gov. or call the ORSSAB support office at 865-241-4583 or 241-4584.

Advocate Newsletters

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Advocate - Issue 83 - July 2021
July 15, 2021
July's cover story discusses groundwater remedies at ETTP. Other news: EM Strategic Vision, Budget Recommendation, EMDF, and more.
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Advocate - Issue 82 - April 2021
April 15, 2021
April's cover story discusses OREM's FY 2023 budget request. Other news: ETTP cleanup update, new ORSSAB members, and more.
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Advocate - Issue 81 - January 2021
January 11, 2021
January's cover story discusses recent demolition work at the Y-12 Biology Complex. Other news: U-233 processing upgrades & more.
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Advocate - Issue 80 - October 2020
October 20, 2020
October's cover story discusses OREM's Vision 2020 achievement. Other news: 25 years of ORSSAB input, OREM moves to new phase & more.
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Additional Information

Contact us
ORSSAB contact information including mailing address, phone numbers, and contact email addresses.
The DOE Information Center
The DOE Information Center provides citizens a consolidated facility to obtain records related to DOE's programs in Oak Ridge.
Environmental Stewardship
The Oak Ridge Office of EM works with multiple regulatory agencies that promote safety and environmental quality regionally and nationally.
EM Site-Specific Advisory Board
The EM SSAB was created to involve stakeholders more directly in DOE EM cleanup decisions.