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Participants in the Aug. 8, 2018 U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation in Tokyo
Participants in the Aug. 8, 2018 U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation in Tokyo

The EM International Program provides an important and complementary function within the overall EM program. In conjunction with EM senior management, Program Offices, and EM Sites we develop and implement strategies for effective interactions with the international community that are focused on areas related to the EM mission. Through these interactions, the EM International Program contributes to successfully completing the challenging clean-up mission, while ensuring compliance with U.S. policy. 

EM National Laboratory Network Overview
The US DOE National Laboratories are mobilized to support the decommissioning and remediation activities at the Fukishima Nuclear Power Station.

MISSION

The mission of the EM International Program is to provide benefit to the Department in successful completion of the EM clean-up mission, through establishing strategic approaches for specific international collaboration initiatives that are focused on applicable strategic program goals, and aligned with U.S. foreign policy.

VISION

The vision of the EM International Program is to be an integral component of the overall DOE and EM strategies for mission success through leveraging international capabilities and expertise that offer benefit and assistance in addressing the challenges of the EM clean-up program.

STRATEGIC ACTIONS

The EM International Program performs several key strategic actions to ensure that EM is actively engaged with and is well represented throughout the International community for matters related to environmental cleanup. Key components include having visible and effective representation through the following activities:

  • Engaging with DOE program offices
  • Engaging with other U.S. agencies and programs
  • Participating in multinational forums and agencies
  • Exercising and/ or establishing collaborative international agreements
  • Participating in key International conferences

These efforts position the EM International Program to identify and leverage opportunities to engage with international partners in specific areas that can potentially benefit the EM clean-up mission. 

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KEY AREAS OF FOCUS

The EM International program will work closely with the program offices within the EM organization to identify areas of collaboration that are aligned with the high priority technical challenges facing the EM program. Current areas of technical focus identified by respective EM program offices are:

EM INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN 2015-2020

The 2015 - 2020 EM International Strategic Plan outlines the EM International Program's strategic approaches to provide benefit to the department in the successful completion of the EM clean-up mission by establishing specific international partnerships that are focused on applicable strategic program goals and aligned with U.S. foreign policy.

EM International Strategic Plan 2015-2020

EM INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM LEVERAGES GLOBAL PARTNERS TO HELP RESOLVE CLEANUP CHALLENGES

The challenges related to cleanup resulting from nuclear energy and weapons production activities are not unique to the U.S. EM has made significant progress, but much is left to be done. Opportunities exist to leverage key capabilities and expertise in areas of similar interest with international partners to address/resolve EM issues. The EM International Program helps implement and maintain the framework to enable and support beneficial interactions.

EM National Lab Network

The Office of Environmental Management (EM) National Laboratory Network advances the effectiveness of the scientific and technical expertise in the Department of Energy complex toward meeting the objectives of EM’s legacy nuclear waste clean-up mission by functioning as a forum for information exchange, consensus building and coordination.

International Projects

The EM International Program activities are conducted in accordance with its five-year strategic plan. Below are links to current and past international projects.

International News

EM Extends Statement of Intent With Canada’s Nuclear Cleanup Program
EM Assistant Secretary Anne White and Richard Sexton, president and CEO of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), signed a five-year extension to a SOI.
September 18, 2018
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EM Assistant Secretary White Focuses on Collaboration in Japan Visit
First-person account by EM Asst Secretary Anne White on her trip to Japan, attending the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on CivIl Nuclear Cooperation.
August 21, 2018
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EM’s West Valley Site Hosts International Decommissioning Network
EM’s West Valley Site Hosts International Decommissioning Network
June 19, 2018
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SRNL Continues Broad Array of Support for Fukushima Cleanup
Tokyo Electric Power Co. is deepening its relationship with EM’s SRNL and other DOE laboratories as it continues cleanup at Fukushima.
May 8, 2018
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Agencies From U.S., U.K, Canada, and Japan Discuss In Situ Decommissioning
EM joined government agencies, regulators, and others from around the world to discuss best practices and challenges of in situ decommissioning (ISD).
January 23, 2018
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Cleanup Organizations Address Aging Infrastructure Challenges
Cleanup Organizations gathered to share best practices and develop common approaches to address their common aging infrastructure challenges.
June 28, 2017
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EM, Contractors Collaborate on U.K. 'Snake Arm' Robot Demonstration
Representatives from EM HQ, PPPO, SRNL, and cleanup contractors came together for a demonstration on new technology combining robots and lasers.
June 28, 2017
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Oak Ridge Contractor Wins International Innovation Award
OREM cleanup contractor URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) was among 11 winners internationally of the Environmental Health & Safety Innovation Awards.
June 28, 2017
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International Standards Help Reduce Risk of New D&D Technologies
EM relies on new technologies to address challenging deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) projects.
June 28, 2017
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Joint Convention Elects EM’s Douglas Tonkay to Key Leadership Post
May 31, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Douglas Tonkay, director of the EM Office of Waste Disposal, has been elected a vice president of the Joint Convention on the...

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Agreements

Confidentiality Agreement between the US Department of Energy, the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and the UK National Nuclear Labo...

Confidentiality Agreement between the US Department of Energy, the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and the UK National Nuclear Laboratory...

April 21, 2015
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Statement of Intent between the US Department of Energy and UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Statement of Intent between the US Department of Energy and UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for exchange of information concerning management...

September 30, 2014
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Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Energy of the United States of America and the National Company of Radioactive Wast...

Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Energy of the United States of America and the National Company of Radioactive Waste of Spain...

April 8, 2014
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Arrangement between the Office for Nuclear Regulation of Great Britain and the United States Department of Energy for the Exchange of Inf...

Arrangement between the Office for Nuclear Regulation of Great Britain and the United States Department of Energy for the Exchange of Information...

March 10, 2014
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Statement of Intent by The United States Department of Energy and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in the Field of Used Fuel and Radioacti...

Statement of Intent by The United States Department of Energy and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in the Field of Used Fuel and Radioactive Waste...

February 26, 2013
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Memorandum of Understanding between the US Department of Energy and the National Radioactive Waste Management Agency of France

Memorandum of Understanding between the US Department of Energy and the National Radioactive Waste Management Agency of France concerning...

October 12, 2012
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Statement of Intent between US Department of Energy and the State Corporation for Atomic Energy "Rosatom"

Statement of Intent between US Department of Energy and the State Corporation for Atomic Energy "Rosatom" concerning collaboration in innovative...

September 17, 2012
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Statement of Intent NO. 2 between the US Department of Energy and UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Statement of Intent NO. 2 between the Department of Energy of the United States and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the United Kingdom of...

February 28, 2012
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Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Energy of the United States of America and Bundesministerum Für Wirtschaft Und Tec...

Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Energy of the United States of America and Bundesministerum Für Wirtschaft Und Technologie...

September 19, 2011
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Memorandum of Understanding between US Department of Energy and the Public Agency for Radioactive Waste Management of the Republic of Hun...

Memorandum of Understanding between US Department of Energy and the Public Agency for Radioactive Waste Management of the Republic of Hungary for...

November 13, 2009
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CONTACT INFORMATION

Ana M. Han
Lead Foreign Affairs Specialist
Office of Environmental Management
Phone: (202) 586-0579
Fax: (202) 586-1492
E-mail: Ana.Han@em.doe.gov

Rosa R. Elmetti
Technical Advisor to International Programs
Office of Environmental Management
Phone: (202) 586-7652
E-mail: Rosa.Elmetti@em.doe.gov