Members are being sought for an advisory board that learns about U.S. Department of Energy cleanup projects in Oak Ridge and, when appropriate, provides recommendations.
The citizens advisory board is the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board. It provides recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, or OREM. No technical expertise is required to serve on the board. Terms are for two years, and members may serve up to three terms, for a total of six years on the board.
The board and its Environmental Management and Stewardship Committee meet monthly to hear directly from OREM personnel on cleanup projects and related decisions. Topics include, but are not limited to, the 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,” a press release said. “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.”
Meetings are held most months at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the DOE Information Center at 1 Science.gov Way in Oak Ridge.
“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,” the press release said. “Applications are desired from residents in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, Roane, and Union counties.”
The deadline for submitting applications is December 31. Membership applications are available on the board’s website at www.energy.gov/orssab, by email at [email protected], or by visiting the DOE Information Center. The board can also be reached at (865) 241-4583 or 241-4584.
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. For more information, visit ORSSAB’s website at www.energy.gov/orssab or follow the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ORSSAB and YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/ORSSAB.
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