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The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed seven new members to its Oak Ridge Environmental Management advisory board.
Chris Hepler of Oliver Springs and Scott Stout of Rockwood are among the new members filling vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board, a volunteer citizens’ panel that provides advice and recommendations to DOE on its environmental cleanup operations on the Oak Ridge Reservation.
“I’m very impressed with the caliber of the new appointees, and I’m confident they will be valuable additions to the current board with their extensive knowledge and experience,” said Susan Cange, the board’s deputy designated federal officer and acting manager of the DOE Oak Ridge Environmental Management Site Office.
“We are very appreciative of their willingness to serve and dedicate time on the board.”
Hepler is the mayor of Oliver Springs and is employed by Impact Services Inc. as a radiation safety officer.
As mayor, he heads up the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen. He also serves on the Oliver Springs Planning Commission and The Roane Alliance, Roane County’s economic development organization.
He served on the Oliver Springs Board of Zoning Appeals from 1997-2006.
Hepler received an Associate of Applied Science in general technology and an Associate of Applied Science in land reclamation from Roane State Community College.
Stout is the assistant director of the Office of Emergency Services for Roane County.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Tennessee Wesleyan College and has hazmat specialist certification from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
Other new board members include Alfreda Cook of Oak Ridge, a URS/CH2M Oak Ridge retiree; Bruce Hicks of Norris, sole proprietor of MetCorps Inc. and a U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration retiree; Jennifer Kasten of Knoxville, a retired nuclear/environmental engineer who most recently worked at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant; Jan Lyons of Oak Ridge, a former Lockheed Martin Energy Systems employee and retired Southern Methodist University adjunct professor; and Donald Mei of Oak Ridge, a retired engineer who was employed from 1986 to 2007 by Duke Energy in Charlotte, N.C.
Board members are chosen to reflect the diversity of gender, race, occupation, views and interests of those living near the Oak Ridge Reservation. Members are appointed by DOE and serve on a voluntary basis, without compensation, for a two-year term.
Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the DOE Information Center, 1 Science.gov Way in Oak Ridge.
Notices of board and committee meetings are posted at www.oakridge.doe.gov/em/ssab.