Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board

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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.

Members & liaisons of the FY 2018 ORSSAB


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 board meets on the second Wednesday of most months, unless posted otherwise

​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. 



Photo of Dennis Wilson, Chair
Dennis Wilson, Board Chair - He is a retired technology manager.

Our members

View information on all current Board Members.

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 on the calendar of events.

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 Newsletter

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

Advocate Newsletters

Advocate - Issue 73 - January 2019
January's cover story is an update on OREM's proposed plans for a new on-site disposal facility. Other news: Oak Ridge Reservation update & more.
January 8, 2019
Advocate - Issue 72 - October 2018
October's cover story is a recap of the ORSSAB's 2018 Annual Planning Meeting. Other news: Oak Ridge Reservation update, new board members & more.
September 28, 2018
Advocate - Issue 71 - July 2018
July's cover story is an in-depth look at DOE's proposed waste disposal facility, EMDF. Other news: OREM budget update, EMSSAB Chairs recap & more.
June 29, 2018
Advocate - Issue 70 - April 2018
The April issue focuses on excess contaminated facilities on the Oak Ridge Reservation. Also: Meet the board chair, get an update on EMDF, and more.
March 28, 2018


Environmental advisory board seeks new members
October 16, 2018
DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management invites nominations to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.
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ORSSAB welcomes new members during planning for FY2019
September 12, 2018
Five new members of ORSSAB joined current members in August for the board’s annual planning meeting in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
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Advisory Board Welcomes McManamy-Johnson as Public Affairs Specialist
July 26, 2018
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) welcomes Sara McManamy-Johnson as its new public affairs specialist.
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Hardin Valley student Olivia Fleenor joins ORSSAB
July 10, 2018
ORSSAB welcomes Olivia Fleenor of Hardin Valley Academy as a new student representative to the board.
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Students Recognized for Service to ORSSAB
May 14, 2018
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board and U.S. Department of Energy’s OREM recognized recognized Cameron Niemeyer and Chloe Nussbaum
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Environmental Advisory Board Seeks New Members
January 3, 2018
The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management invites nominations for members of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.
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Site Specific Advisory Board Elects Officers for FY 2018
November 6, 2017
ORSSAB holds annual elections for board, committee leaders
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DOE Names Six New Members to Environmental Advisory Board
October 26, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has appointed six new members to the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s (OREM) local environmental adv
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ORSSAB Welcomes New Student Representatives
June 23, 2017
Two new student representatives seated on advisory board.
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DOE and Advisory Board Recognize Retiring Members for Service
June 23, 2017
Five outgoing ORSSAB members are recognized for their service to the board.
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  • Community TV Knoxville channels: AT&T – 99, Charter – 193, Comcast - 12,  WOW! - 6 - Sundays at 8 p.m.
  • Lenoir City: Charter Cable Channel 193 - Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
  • BBB Communications Oak Ridge: Channel 12 - Every Fourth Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Oak Ridge Schools: Channel 15 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 8 a.m. and noon.

Additional Information

Contact us
ORSSAB contact information including mailing address, phone numbers, and contact email addresses.
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.