Walter Perry, (865) 576-0885

           June 22, 2005


Photo Caption: Bob Olson (at left) is the newest member of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.  With Olson is Meredith James of Oak Ridge High School, one of two new student representatives to the Board.  Not pictured is Tonya Justice of Anderson County High School.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the appointment of a Clinton resident to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) and the addition of two area high school student representatives.

The new member was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board.  ORSSAB is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the DOE Oak Ridge Environmental Management (EM) Program.

“We are pleased to have this new member and these students serve on the Site Specific Advisory Board,” said Steve McCracken, DOE Oak Ridge Assistant Manager for Environmental Management.  “This Board plays an important role with our environmental management work on the Oak Ridge Reservation.  We welcome the three of them and appreciate their willingness to serve.”

Bob Olson of Clinton is a retired nuclear engineer who formerly worked at the Savannah River Laboratory as an experimental physicist and as a probabilistic risk analyst.  He has also worked as a nuclear licensing engineer for Sargent and Lundy in Chicago and as a consultant at the former K-25 site (now East Tennessee Technology Park), Y-12 National Security Complex, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

He is a member of the board of directors of Clinch River Home Health and is active in the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning, where he is a trip planner and the moderator of the Philosophical Society.

Meredith James and Tonya Justice are the new student representatives to the ORSSAB during their senior year.

Meredith James is a rising senior at Oak Ridge High School, where she serves as president of the Model UN club and Interact community service club.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and competes with the Oak Ridge High School Envirothon team.  James has worked in a special education classroom for two years and works with special needs campers at Oak Ridge Children’s Showcamp each summer.  She plans a career in special education.

Tonya Justice is a rising senior at Anderson County High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She plays basketball, softball, and runs cross-country for the school.  Justice works with the local youth football program by helping with concessions and coaching a cheerleading team.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in veterinary science.

ORSSAB meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center in Oak Ridge.  Meetings of the Board and its committees are open to the public, and notices are posted on the Board’s Web site: