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DOE APPOINTS NEW MEMBERS TO OAK RIDGE SSAB
OAK RIDGE, TN - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the appointment of six area residents to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).
Jake Alexander and Jeff Cange of Oak Ridge; Robert Blaum and Robert Brown of Rockwood; Luther Gibson, Jr., of Harriman; and Darrell Srdoc of Tellico Village were appointed to replace members whose terms expired in July.
"We're extremely pleased to welcome these new members," said Rod Nelson, DOE Oak Ridge Operations Assistant Manager for Environmental Management. "The Board has played a crucial role in providing public input on environmental cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation, and we appreciate the generous commitment of time and effort these folks are making in participating."
The ORSSAB is a federally-chartered citizens' panel providing advice and recommendations to the DOE ORO Environmental Management Program. The Board is composed of up to 20 members, chosen to reflect the diversity of gender, race, occupation, interests, and views of persons living near the Oak Ridge Reservation.
According to DOE's Marianne Heiskell, who serves as an ex officio member of the Board, ORSSAB members are selected from a pool of applicants, based on a screening process developed to help assure diversity. Appointments are for a two-year term with the possibility for reappointment twice.
The new Board members will replace six members who chose not to ask for reappointment when their terms expired in July. Those leaving the Board-Joe Alexander of Knoxville; Jack Bowden of Lenoir City; Donna Campbell of Harriman; Fred Creswick of Ten Mile; Ken Parks of Kingston; and Bob Peelle of Oak Ridge-were honored in a special ceremony at the August 4 Board meeting. Three of the six-Alexander, Campbell, and Peelle-were charter members of the Board.
Oak Ridge resident Dave Mosby has also joined the Board recently, and current membership now stands at 15. One other recent addition to the Board was made. In May ORSSAB added its first non-voting "student representative," Oak Ridge High School student Anne-Marie Wiest.