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Planned inspection at AWE Burghfield

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report covers a planned inspection at the AWE Burghfield Licensed Site and is undertaken in accordance with ONR’s Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for the Atomic Weapons Establishment Programme.

The inspections undertaken at the Burghfield Licensed Site form part of a series of planned interventions in accordance with the IIS and Integrated Intervention Plan (IIP).

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention was performed in line with ONR’s guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

ONR inspectors conducted a planned inspection and assessment of implementation of the Licence Conditions (LCs) 32 Accumulation of Radioactive Waste and LC 34 Leakage and Escape of Radioactive Waste within the Assembly Facility. Details of this intervention are given in ONR-DEF-IR-105. ONR was satisfied, on this occasion that from the key points raised there was no additional requirement for any further regulatory action.

I conducted a planned inspection and assessment of implementation of the Licence Condition (LC) 9 Instructions to Persons on the Site on the Burghfield Nuclear Licensed Site.

ONR inspectors also conducted interventions on the Assembly Periodic Safety Review (PRS2) Electrical, Control and Instrumentation (EC&I) Design Assessment Reports (DARs), discussions to enhance future ONR Systems Based Inspections and Assembly Facility Exercising of Emergency Arrangements.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A

Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

For the LC 9 compliance inspection, based on the sample inspected in respect of the established arrangements for LC 9 Instructions to Persons on the Site, I concluded that there was adequate evidence indicating that appropriate instructions were given to persons on the site.

 For the Assembly PRS2 E, C&I DARs, discussions to enhance future ONR Systems Based Inspections and Assembly Facility Exercising of Emergency Arrangements. ONR was satisfied that there were no shortfalls and no need for any regulatory action at this point.

Conclusion of Intervention

It is my opinion that from the sample inspected, the implementation of the established arrangements within the Assembly Facility with respect to Licence Condition 9 is to an adequate standard.

There are no other findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety.

The planned interventions set out in the Integrated Intervention Strategy for Burghfield site remain valid and will be followed for future inspections.