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Office of UNF Disposition International Program - Strategic Plan

The Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition Research and Development Office (UFD), performs the critical mission of addressing the need for an integrated strategy that combines safe storage of spent nuclear fuel with expeditious progress toward siting and licensing a disposal facility or facilities. The UFD International Program plays a key role in this effort. International collaboration provides a forum for exchanging strategies, expertise, and technologies with other nations that have also been investigating solutions to the problems of nuclear waste disposal—information that otherwise would have to be recreated domestically. This joint sponsorship of research, development and demonstration activities adds to the world’s evolving used nuclear fuel and high-level waste practices.