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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 10, 1999
                        AND JEFFREY WONG TO THE 

President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint John Arendt, Alberto Sagues, and Jeffrey Wong to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.

John Arendt, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is a private consultant. Previously, he worked with Union Carbide for nearly forty years, where, as Senior Engineer, he provided technical and management assistance in the fields of uranium enrichment operations, standards, waste management, reactor activities, quality assurance/quality control, uranium handling, shipping, and safeguards/accountability. He has been in Standards Development for more than 25 years, is a member of the Nuclear Standards Board, and is a Certified Nuclear Materials Manager. He received his degree in Chemical Engineering from Marquette University.

Alberto A. Sagues of Lutz, Florida, is Professor of Materials Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. Dr. Sagues' career includes several years with the Argonne National Laboratory and with the Juelich Nuclear Research Center in Germany. He received his Licentiate in physics from the National University, Rosario, Argentina, and his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Case Western Reserve University.

Jeffrey Wong, of Sacramento, California, is currently Chief of the Human and Ecological Risk Division within the Department of Toxic Substances Control of the California Environmental Protection Agency. He has more than 18 years experience in the area of toxicology including assessment of risks associated with exposures of hazardous waste sites and facilities. Dr. Wong earned his Ph.D., M.S., and B.A. from the University of California, Davis.

The Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, established in the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1987, is charged with evaluating the scientific and technical validity of activities undertaken by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its program to manage and dispose of the nation's spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The major task facing members of the Board will be to evaluate the scientific and technical validity of the DOE's site characterization work at the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada.