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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2001

 

DOE APPOINTS STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES TO OAK RIDGE SITE SPECIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

Ryan BurtonAlix King
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the appointment of two area students to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.

Alix King of Oak Ridge High School and Ryan Burton of Roane County High School were appointed to replace student representatives whose terms on the Board expired in May. The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) is a federally-chartered citizens' panel that provides recommendations to the DOE-Oak Ridge Offices (ORO) Environmental Management Program.

Rod Nelson, DOE-ORO Assistant Manager for Environmental Management, welcomed the students at the May 9 ORSSAB meeting and praised those students retiring from the Board.

"Oak Ridge is the only board to have student representatives," said Nelson, "and we're starting our third year with the program. This past year the students have participated in board trips and other activities, and I don't think there are many high school students that get that type of opportunity. We really appreciate their taking time to participate in the SSAB."

ORSSAB student representatives are selected by their schools' administration. One representative is selected each year from Oak Ridge High School, and the other is chosen on a rotating basis from one of the high schools surrounding Oak Ridge.

Both King and Burton are rising seniors, and both are interested in careers in the environmental field. Retiring student representatives are Avalon Mansfield of Oak Ridge High School and Shane Bellis of Clinton High School.

ORSSAB meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., at the Garden Plaza Hotel in Oak Ridge. Meetings are open to the public, and notices are posted on the Board's Web site (www.oakridge.doe.gov/em/ssab) and through the Board's 24-hour information line (865-576-4750).

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