US, UK, Canada and France collaborate on nuclear legacy sites

28 February 2023

The USA's Department of Energy (DoE), the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (Andra) have pledged to develop "their long-standing collaboration on the successful decommissioning and remediation of legacy nuclear sites".

Cumming, White, Oudot, Abadie and Dermarkar (Image: NDA)

The joint statement was issued by the UK's NDA following the meeting between Alan Cumming, Group Chief Operations and Performance Improvement at the UK's NDA, William “Ike” White, DOE, Office of Environmental Management, Christophe Oudot, Director of CEA, Pierre-Marie Abadie, CEO of Andra, and Fred Dermarkar, CEO of AECL.

It says they "affirm their commitment to continue their collaboration on the successful decommissioning and remediation of legacy nuclear sites and the safe management of their radioactive waste to ensure the protection of present and future generations and the environment in their respective countries".

The parties are "proud" of their collaboration over three decades and "look forward to a continued positive and productive working relationship in the future".

The US, UK and Canadian organisations "would like to express their appreciation to France for the positive contributions they have made to the US, UK and Canadian cleanup efforts", including on deactivation and decontamination of legacy nuclear sites, decommissioning and dismantling of facilities, remediation of sites, long-term waste management solutions and education and training of students and young professionals.

Their statement adds: "Through continued work and partnerships, all sides have enhanced collaboration and collective approaches to waste management which has benefited not only their cleanup programmes, but their communities and the environment with strong consideration to future generations."

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