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

FY 2019 Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board group photo

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

ORSSAB Meeting - November 13, 2019
Discussion on Molten Salt Reactor Experiment Updates
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ORSSAB meeting - October 9, 2019
Discussion on progress made in groundwater cleanup at East Tennessee Technology Park and areas where additional work is planned.
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ORSSAB Meeting - September 11, 2019
Discussion on the Mercury Treatment Facility and Y-12 excess facilities
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ORSSAB Annual Planning Meeting - August 2019
Annual planning meeting to discuss and set the FY 2020 board schedule.
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No July 2019 meeting
No July 2019 meeting
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ORSSAB Meeting - June 12, 2019
Discussion on OREM Budget and Priorities
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No May 2019 meeting
ORSSAB will not meet in May 2019
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ORSSAB Meeting - April 10, 2019
Discussion on Extending Operational Life of Facilities & Reducing Surveillance and Maintenance Requirements
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ORSSAB Meeting - March 13, 2019
Discussion on Aquatic Ecology Research and Technology Development in East Fork Poplar Creek
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ORSSAB Meeting - February 20, 2019
Discussion about Ongoing Groundwater Efforts
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Leadership

Shell Lohmann, ORSSAB 2020 Board Chair
Michelle Lohmann, Board Chair

Our members

View information on all current Board Members.

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

Advocate - Issue 76 - October 2019
October 7, 2019
October's cover story is a recap of the board's annual planning meeting. Other news: An update on the mercury treatment facility, & more.
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Advocate - Issue 75 - July 2019
June 27, 2019
July's cover story is an in-depth look at the science behind OREM's focus on mercury remediation. Other news: Meet EM SSAB Chairs Meeting, & more.
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Advocate - Issue 74 - April 2019
April 1, 2019
April's cover story is an in-depth look at DOE's groundwater program. Other news: Meet OREM's Deputy Manager, & more.
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Advocate - Issue 73 - January 2019
January 8, 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.
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News

Oak Ridge environmental advisory board seeks new members
October 22, 2019
DOE's Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board is accepting member applications through December 31, 2019.
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Five new members join DOE’s environmental advisory board
August 19, 2019
DOE has appointed five new members to its Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) citizen advisory board.
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Advisory Board Welcomes Avi Duke as a Student Representative
August 12, 2019
Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board Welcomes Avi Duke as a Student Representative for 2019-2020.
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ORSSAB recognizes retiring members Branch, Deaderick, Holden and Price
August 12, 2019
ORSSAB recognizes retiring members Branch, Deaderick, Holden and Price.
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New Advisory Board Members Get Up-close View of Oak Ridge Cleanup
August 6, 2019
Newly appointed members of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) recently toured EM’s major cleanup projects at the Oak Ridge Site.
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Oak Ridge Manager Speaks to Advisory Board About EM’s Cleanup Plans
June 25, 2019
Leadership at the Oak Ridge Site met with the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board
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Students Recognized for Service to DOE Environmental Advisory Board
April 26, 2019
ORSSAB and OREM recognize student representatives for service to the board.
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Two new members join DOE’s environmental advisory board
April 3, 2019
Two new members join DOE’s environmental advisory board, the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.
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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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Stay Connected

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Watch meetings on YouTube.

Replay of meeting presentations

  • 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.
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.