Department of Energy official Gerri Fleming said the Savannah River Site’s Citizens Advisory Board, or CAB, is looking for new members who want to know what is going on at the Site and are willing to ask questions.
The advisory board currently has seven positions it is trying to fill for the 2015 to 2017 term.
Fleming stressed sitting on the board is a volunteer position, which means the public needs members who truly care about SRS and its surrounding impact.
“We want to bring people together, let them ask questions and receive their concerns. The way we receive those concerns is through the CAB,” she said.
She added that after an initial review of applications, the management team will put together a package of candidates and send it to headquarters.
From there, the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board picks members based on the applications.
Fleming said the group tries to achieve a balance of engineers and local residents, and always strives for diversity in gender, age, location and race.
She added DOE often looks at the nuclear impacts and does not always see things from the public’s point-of-view. Therefore, it is imperative to have local residents on board to convey community concerns.
“We can’t always see it from the public’s perspective, and we may miss something. So the CAB has always been a good avenue for receiving input,” said Fleming.
The last day to submit an application is Aug. 31. Residents can find a copy of the application at cab.srs.gov.
Applications should be sent to SRS Citizens Advisory Board, Building 730-B, Room 1184, P.O. Box A, Aiken, SC 29802.
For more information on how to apply, call 803-952-7884 or email the CAB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.