Program Implementation Partners
The Office of Science and Technology (OST) in the
Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) conducts an aggressive technology development program for the deployment of
innovative solutions to address DOE ’s environmental remediation needs. OST investments
provide the scientific foundation for new approaches and technologies that bring about
significant reductions in risk, cost, and schedules for EM mission completion.
The mission of OST is to provide the full range of science and technology resources that
are needed to deliver and support fully-developed, deployable technological solutions to
the environmental remediation problems faced by EM. The OST International Program (IP) Office
is responsible for the identification, evaluation, acquisition, and demonstration of
international technologies that can accelerate DOE cleanup operations. The goal of IP is to
pursue collaborations among governmental organizations, educational institutions, and
private industry to identify technologies that can address the environmental remediation
needs of DOE. Through international agreements, OST engages in cooperative exchange of
information, technology, data on technology development and demonstrations, as well as
In keeping with EM’s mandate to protect public health and the environment,
IP seeks out and leverages foreign technology, data, and resources for the cost-
effective remediation of DOE’s nuclear weapons sites. IP works closely with
foreign governments, industry, and universities to obtain innovative environmental
technologies, scientific and engineering expertise, and operational experience that
will support EM’s objectives. Where appropriate, these international resources are
used to manage the more urgent risks at DOE sites, secure a safe workplace, help
build consensus on critical issues, and strengthen DOE’s science and technology program.
Established in 1950, the original mission of the Comisión Nacional de Energía Atónica (CNEA)
was to develop nuclear power to meet Argentina's future energy needs. Over the past several
decades, the organization has evolved and today acts as a hub for the country's nuclear
enterprises. Located within the Argentine Secretariat of Science and Technology, CNEA today
has three main roles. As an agency of the federal government, CNEA advises the president of
the Republic on nuclear waste policy and is responsible for nuclear waste management. As
a research and development institute on nuclear issues, CNEA is responsible for human
resource development; managing the deactivation and decommissioning of relevant nuclear
facilities; and carrying out programs in the areas of nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel
cycles, radioisotope applications, and waste management. As a national laboratory, CNEA
carries out research and development in the basic science of nuclear technology; transfers
and adapts technologies from the non-nuclear sector; and provides specialized services.
CNEA's cooperative work with DOE generally takes place through their Radioactive Waste
Management program. The objectives of the Radioactive Waste Management Program are to
promote research and development (R&D) activities and to establish strategies for the
management of radioactive waste and the management of spent fuel. The main subprograms
include R&D on low level waste and intermediate level waste management, R&D on spent fuel
and high level waste management, and engineering projects. CNEA cooperation with DOE
also takes place through CNEA's decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) program. The
objective of the CNEA D&D program is to achieve, in a reasonable period of time, the
technical capabilities required to evaluate and choose the best alternatives for
decommissioning relevant nuclear facilities and to take into account the amount of
radioactive waste generated.
HCET was established in 1995 by DOE and FIU to research, develop, and demonstrate
innovative environmental technologies and to establish alliances that support
their implementation. Its mission is to develop and market technologies to solve
environmental problems common to the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America. To
achieve this goal, HCET performs research and development, technology transfer, and
forms partnerships with industries and governments throughout the Americas.
Cooperative programs with the international scientific community meet Department of Energy’s
domestic cleanup objectives by:
- Identifying, evaluating, acquiring, and demonstrating EM-related technologies, thereby leveraging foreign investments and providing cost-savings.
- Improving access to international technical information, scientific expertise, and technologies that are applicable to domestic problems.
- Fostering the development of innovative environmental technologies by increasing U.S. private sector opportunities in EM-related areas.