Re: “What’s the plan for importing more nuclear waste into Canada?” (The Hill Times, May 25). I read this opinion piece by Susan O’Donnell and Ole Hendrickson with deep interest and surprise. At the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), we have always said publicly that at no point and under any circumstances will the NWMO be importing used nuclear fuel into Canada. There are three important things to know about our work. First, our mandate does not allow us to become responsible for nuclear waste generated by other countries. This is legislated by the Government of Canada in the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act. Second, we will not import, manage, or store used nuclear fuel from other countries. Third, we are committed to the long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel and will continue to work with communities as we move toward selecting a site for Canada’s deep geological repository in 2024. The agreement we signed with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) on May 16, 2023, is another testament to the long-standing history of co-operation between Canada and the U.S. on energy issues, including on efforts to foster energy security and tackle climate change. The Statement of Intent (SOI) between the NWMO and the DOE is a step towards furthering these efforts and strengthening these partnerships. The co-operation agreement will facilitate cross-border knowledge-sharing, joint studies, and best practices to advance the responsible management of used nuclear fuel in North America. Through the SOI, the American DOE joins other international partners with which we have co-operation agreements, including Belgium, Finland, France, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. We look forward to implementing this agreement, working more closely with our American partners, and initiating conversations on opportunities to further strengthen the NWMO and DOE’s co-operation in the years ahead. I encourage Canadians or Indigenous Peoples who have an interest in the facts surrounding Canada’s used nuclear fuel, or the work the NWMO is doing, to check out our website: nwmo.ca. Dakota Kochie NWMO director of government and external relations Toronto, Ont.