For Immediate Release
Contact: Rikki Traylor, ORSSAB Secretary, (865) 690-8432

DOE Advisory Board, TDEC Meet at Roane State
to Discuss Watts Bar Fish Consumption Advisories

Oak Ridge, Tenn. - January 24, 2000 - Watts Bar fish consumption advisories have been in place for some time. How are they updated? Whose job is it? How did the advisories come into being? And, how do they affect the community?

These questions and more will be discussed when the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board meets on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the student lounge of the Roane State Community College campus in Harriman. A representative from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be on hand to present the agency's role in developing the advisories and the review process used to keep them current.

The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board is a federally appointed citizens panel that advises the Department of Energy on environmental cleanup issues at its Oak Ridge Reservation. The Board usually meets in Oak Ridge but will make the trip to Roane State to promote communication between the citizens of Roane County and the Board and to involve area residents in discussions of the Watts Bar fish consumption advisories; a topic of local interest.

Three Roane County residents sit on the advisory board: Randy Gordon of Ten Mile, Luther Gibson of Dyllis, and Robert Blaum of Rockwood.

"The Advisory Board," says Gibson, "provides an opportunity for ordinary citizens to directly affect how cleanup activities proceed. It's the best way I know to interact with decision-makers."

All Roane State students and Roane County residents are encouraged to attend the presentation. For more information, call 865-241-3665 or 1-800-382-6938.