Source: Oak Ridge Today | Staff | October 29, 2019

Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board members regularly meet with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to provide input on environmental cleanup and stewardship of the Oak Ridge Reservation. (Photo courtesy SSAB)

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.”

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