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U.S. and Canada Sign Statement of Intent on Nuclear Cleanup

March 5, 2013 - 12:00pm

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Alice Williams of EM, left, and Joan Miller of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, sign a Statement of Intent (SOI).

Alice Williams of EM, left, and Joan Miller of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, sign a Statement of Intent (SOI).

DOE and the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) at the Waste Management Conference. The SOI enables information sharing on lessons learned and the development and application of new technologies and approaches to improve the safety, cost effectiveness and schedule of EM and the Canadian Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program.

EM’s International Program and Office of Nuclear Materials Disposition negotiated the SOI, which incorporates radioactive waste management, decommissioning and environmental restoration. Alice Williams, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for EM, signed the agreement on behalf of DOE. Joan Miller, Vice President of Decommissioning & Waste Management, and Sheila Brooks, Director for Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program, were AECL signatories.

“EM highly values international cooperation, and the SOI is a major step forward in strengthening both the United States’ and Canada’s efforts to expand the technical depth of our cleanup programs,” Williams said.

Miller said, “AECL looks forward to the information exchange facilitated by this agreement with the Office of Environmental Management which enables both parties to realize benefits to the delivery of our respective missions.”

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