Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board

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The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) is a federally appointed citizens’ panel that provides independent advice and recommendations to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.

Members & liaisons of the FY 2018 ORSSAB


The board's mission is to provide informed advice and recommendations concerning site specific issues related to the DOE EM program. To provide unbiased evaluation and recommendations on DOE’s cleanup efforts related to the Oak Ridge site, the Board seeks opportunities for input through collaborative dialogue with the communities surrounding the Oak Ridge Reservation, governmental regulators, and other stakeholders.

The board meets on the second Wednesday of most months, unless posted otherwise

​The ORSSAB work plan guides activities during the year. Suggestions for work plan topics are provided by DOE OREM, EPA, TDEC, and ORSSAB members prior to the Board’s annual meeting. Work plan topics are selected from the suggestions provided at the annual meeting. Topics are then incorporated into the ORSSAB Work Plan/Schedule. This work plan, which is a “living document,” is updated as needed as the Board year progresses. 




Photo of Dennis Wilson, Chair
Dennis Wilson, Board Chair - He is a retired technology manager.

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The board, formed in 1995, is composed of up to 22 members, chosen to reflect the diversity of gender, race, occupation, views, and interests of people living near the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation. Members are appointed by DOE and serve on a voluntary basis, without compensation, for a 2-year term. ORSSAB bylaws limit members to three consecutive 2-year terms.

The board also uses a committee structure to achieve its mission and conduct many of its tasks. Currently there are two committees: the Executive Committee and the Environmental Management and Stewardship Committee.

Members of the public are welcome to participate in board activities and meetings. Members of the public may fully participate in committee meetings, including voting.

Other participants

Non-voting liaisons include representatives from DOE’s EM program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Non-voting student participants also serve on the board to represent the viewpoints and concerns of area youth.

How Can I Participate?

Membership: To apply please complete the application form. Applications are accepted at any time, but new members are usually added to the board annually. Questions? Contact the ORSSAB support office at orssab@orem.doe.gov or call (865) 241-4583 or toll-free, 1-800-382-6938, option 4.

Technical expertise is not required for board membership, since we desire a broad spectrum of backgrounds and viewpoints. Applicants do not have to be solely from Oak Ridge. We particularly encourage residents from the counties most affected by DOE operations: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, Roane, and Union.

All applicants are welcome to participate in board activities and meetings as members of the public regardless of whether they are selected to serve as a member of the board.

Meetings: All meetings are held at the DOE Information Center, 1 Science.Gov Way in Oak Ridge unless otherwise stated on the calendar of events.

Members of the public are welcome to participate in board activities and meetings. Members of the public may fully participate in committee meetings, including voting.

Meeting materials for current and past meetings are available online. Generally, the meeting agenda is posted before the meeting and meeting presentations, minutes or other materials are available shortly after the meeting has taken place.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To receive ORSSAB's quarterly newsletter, the Advocate, by email call the ORSSAB support office at 865-241-4583 or 241-4584 or send an email to orssab@orem.doe.gov.

Advocate Newsletters

Advocate - Issue 69 - January 2018
This quarter's Cover Story explains DOE's communication outreach efforts. Also: coverage of the Fall Chairs Meeting, EM's 45-Day Review & more.
January 2, 2018
Advocate - Issue 68 - October 2017
The Fall Quarter issue of the Advocate covered the board's annual planning meeting and introduced new members and officers for FY 2018.
October 4, 2017
Advocate - Issue 67 - July 2017
Here are some of the stories in this issue: Creative Thinking Helps Rid Oak Ridge of Challenging Waste; EM SSAB Chairs Meeting; Recent Recommendations
June 21, 2017
Advocate - Issue 66 - April 2017

Here are some of the stories in this issue: Strategy Team Undertakes Projects to Understand Groundwater Concerns; Tentative Construction Start of K...

March 27, 2017


Site Specific Advisory Board Elects Officers for FY 2018
ORSSAB holds annual elections for board, committee leaders
November 6, 2017
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DOE Names Six New Members to Environmental Advisory Board
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has appointed six new members to the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s (OREM) local environmental adv
October 26, 2017
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ORSSAB Welcomes New Student Representatives
Two new student representatives seated on advisory board.
June 23, 2017
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DOE and Advisory Board Recognize Retiring Members for Service
Five outgoing ORSSAB members are recognized for their service to the board.
June 23, 2017
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Students Recognized for Service to Advisory Board
ORSSAB and OREM recognize student representatives for service to the board.
June 12, 2017
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Local Environmental Board Meets with Federal and State Agencies to Discuss Cleanup Mission
September 16, 2016

ORSSAB meets with DOE, EPA, and TDEC to discuss FY 2017 priorities.

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Six Outgoing Board Members Recognized for Service
July 25, 2016

Six retiring board members recognized by DOE and ORSSAB in June 2016.

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Advisory Board Seats New Student Representative
May 26, 2016

ORSSAB welcomes a new student representative for FY 2016-2017.

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Two Students Recognized for Service to Advisory Board
May 25, 2016

DOE and ORSSAB recognize student representatives for service to the advisory board.

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DOE and Advisory Board Recognize Retiring Members for Service
February 25, 2016

Two ORSSAB members were recognized for service at the board's January 13 meeting.

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Additional Information

Contact us
ORSSAB contact information including mailing address, phone numbers, and contact email addresses.
Environmental Stewardship

The Oak Ridge Office of EM works with multiple regulatory agencies that promote safety and environmental quality regionally and nationally.

EM Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB)
The EM SSAB was created to involve stakeholders more directly in DOE EM cleanup decisions.