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Copy of 14 principles agreed by ONR and SL to speed decommissioning

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Copy of 14 principles agreed by ONR and SL to speed decommissioning

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You requested, "a copy of the 14 principles agreed between the Office For Nuclear Regulation and Sellafield Limited to speed decommissioning"; ONR requested further information to allow us to identify this list. In your response you refer to principles (and wider decommissioning mindset ideas) shared early this year.

From this information, we deduce that you are referring to the 17 Sellafield Programme Objectives developed by ONR to form the basis of our work over the next operating year. These objectives have been developed to deliver the strategic priorities identified for the Sellafield Programme in the recent Chief Nuclear Inspectors Annual Report.

The objectives have been developed by ONR and shared with other stakeholders such as NDA, EA and DECC and will form the basis of ONR's regulation of Sellafield Limited over the next year. The 17 objectives are listed below:

  1. The Office For Nuclear Regulation (ONR) will produce a work list of prioritised activities agreed with Sellafield Limited and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) aimed at reducing hazard and risk reduction on the Sellafield Site
  2. ONR will undertake interventions to influence Sellafield Limited and NDA to minimise unnecessary bureaucracy and remove other blockers that get in the way of Sellafield Limited's delivery of the Hazard and Risk Reduction programme.
  3. ONR will undertake its interventions in a coordinated and holistic manner across the site, prioritising activity to ensure risks from the site as a whole are reduced as low as is reasonably practicable (ALARP).
  4. ONR will examine the contractual arrangements and ensure that the incentives are set in a way that encourages the Hazard and Risk Reduction programme to be driven forward as a fast as reasonably practicable.
  5. ONR will undertake interventions to ensure the design of plant and processes are fit for purpose to ensure the most effective and efficient delivery of Hazard and Risk Reduction.
  6. ONR will undertake interventions to ensure delivery of activities and key enablers to accelerate the risk and hazard reduction in the Sellafield legacy ponds and silos.
  7. ONR will undertake interventions to ensure delivery of activities that will reduce the risk profile in the decommissioned facilities at the Sellafield site
  8. ONR will undertake interventions to ensure Sellafield Limited progress activities to enable the reduction of hazard from highly active liquors
  9. ONR will undertake interventions to ensure Sellafield Limited improves its infrastructure to support hazard and risk reduction across the site
  10. ONR will ensure, through a targeted programme of benchmarking inspections, that Sellafield Limited have adequate arrangements for compliance with legal duties
  11. ONR will undertake a proportionate and targeted programme of inspection, engagement and intelligence-gathering in respect of the Sellafield and Windscale nuclear-licensed sites
  12. ONR will undertake a prioritised programme of systems-based inspection in respect of the Sellafield and Windscale nuclear-licensed sites; ONR will influence Sellafield Ltd permissioning arrangements in accordance with regulatory strategy and undertake proportionate assessment of selected Long Term Periodic Review (LTPR) and other submissions
  13. ONR will influence Sellafield Limited permissioning arrangements in accordance with regulatory strategy and undertake proportionate assessment of selected LTPR and other submissions
  14. ONR will ensure that Sellafield Limited delivers effective governance of the Sellafield site and develops, and resources, an adequate Baseline that supports nuclear safety
  15. ONR will undertake timely and robust reviews and/or investigations into relevant incidents and events on the Sellafield site
  16. ONR will ensure that Sellafield Limited develops a robust Internal Regulation and Assurance function
  17. ONR will provide effective and efficient management and assurance of the Sellafield Programme

Exemptions applied

None

PIT (Public Interest Test) if applicable

None