DOE cleanup topic at next League luncheon

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Former American Museum of Science and Energy director Steve Stow will discuss the environmental cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s  Oak Ridge Reservation during an upcoming meeting of the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

The meeting, Lunch with the League, starts at noon Feb. 7 in the social hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 1500 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not required.

Box lunches will be available for $7 each on a first-come, first-served basis. Coffee and tea are provided.

Stow will discuss the reasons why some contaminants will remain in place under long-term protective conditions. He will also talk about stewardship, why it is necessary, how it is applied to the Oak Ridge Reservation, the role the public and other stewards play in the process, and some of the major issues involved in stewardship today.

Involved with remediation and land use issues on the Oak Ridge Reservation for 25 years, Stow holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Vanderbilt University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in geochemistry from Rice University.

He was a professor of geological sciences for 11 years in Alabama and an adjunct professor with the University of Tennessee.

He is author or co-author of more than 70 publications and numerous reports.

Stow, a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America, is active in professional organizations and an active participant in the American Chemical Society’s Speakers Tour.

He has been a member of the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board since June 2006.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed, active participation in government and public policy through unbiased studies of public issues. Visit lwvoakridge.org for details.