Walter Perry, (865) 576-0885

August 19, 2008


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the appointment of three new members to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.  The Board is a federally-chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the DOE's Oak Ridge Environmental Management Program.

"We welcome the experience brought by those new to the Board. Their insight helps us make informed decisions reflecting citizen input from the community," said Gerald Boyd, DOE Oak Ridge Office. "The work that this Board performs for Oak Ridge and surrounding communities is important, and the time volunteered by all who serve is a valuable contribution to our environmental cleanup program."

Betty Jones of Oak Ridge is employed by B&W Technical Services Y-12 as a chemical operations relief supervisor at the Y-12 National Security Complex. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Environmental Health Technology from Roane State Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College.

She also has supplemental training in environmental management and occupational safety and health administration laws and regulations.

Edward Juarez is a retired utility worker who was employed at the commercial Fermi 2 nuclear reactor site in Michigan for approximately 15 years as a trainer, outage management expeditor, and maintenance senior planner. He supervised nuclear simulator training and spent numerous hours in training in a wide variety of nuclear subjects and disciplines.

He received his Associate in Applied Science degree and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Madonna University in Michigan. Juarez earned a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Detroit.

Juarez has been a member of the Knights of Columbus and LaSed Hispanic Community Development. He lives in Loudon.

Maggie Owen is employed by Safety and Ecology Corporation RADCON Alliance as a health physics supervisor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex. For the last 13 years, she has worked on the Oak Ridge Reservation in deactivation and demolition of radiological facilities, surveillance and maintenance, emergency response, and as a health physics specialist assigned to the Melton Valley Closure Project.

Prior to moving to Tennessee, Owen worked as a health physics technician providing support for reactor refuel outages in commercial nuclear facilities.

She is a member of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Health Physics Society and the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Francis Marion University in South Carolina. She is an Oak Ridge resident.

All of the new members were seated on the Board in July upon appointment by DOE's Office of Environmental Management in Washington.

Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center, 475 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge. Meetings of the Board and its committees are open to the public, and notices are posted on the Board's Web site: http://www.oakridge.doe.gov/em/ssab