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Planned participation in both the Annual Review of Safety

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The primary purpose was to participate in the planned Annual Review of Safety & Environment, followed by planned participation in the Emergency Planning Consultative Committee (EPCC) meeting, together with a reactive meeting with a tenant.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

ONR inspectors participated in the Annual Review of Safety & Environment, with both the licensee and the Environment Agency on 13 May.  Two informative site inspections preceded this meeting, (of the Tails Management Facility construction site, followed by the legacy “Hex Tails” storage array).  I also participated in the planned Emergency Planning Consultative Committee meeting, with the licensee and a range of agencies with responsibilities for ‘off site’ emergency planning at Capenhurst, providing regulatory advice on a number of emergency planning matters, on 14 May.  In response to a request, I also held an information exchange meeting with the Managing Director of the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited tenant organisation on 14 May.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No safety system inspection was undertaken, hence this was not applicable.

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

ONR inspectors participated in the licensee’s Annual Review of Safety and Environment meeting, preceded by useful plant inspections at the Tails Management Facility construction site and to the legacy uranium hexafluoride “Hex Tails” storage array. Immediate regulatory advice was provided by ONR regarding some shortfalls observed during the inspection of the construction site, which were promptly addressed. The licensee had conducted an adequate annual review of safety, appropriately detailed across a broad range of topic areas.

A brief information exchange meeting was held at the request of the Managing Director of the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited tenant organisation, discussing a range of matters of regulatory interest.  No inspection rating was warranted.

I participated in the constructive planned meeting of the licensee’s Emergency Planning Consultative Committee, which was well attended by a range of organisations with responsibilities in off site emergency planning for Capenhurst.  I provided regulatory advice on a number of emergency planning matters. 

Conclusion of Intervention

In my judgement, an intervention rating of “3”, adequate, was considered appropriate for the licensee’s Annual Review of Safety & Environment meeting. Some shortfalls observed at the Tails Management Facility construction site warranted an inspection n rating of “4”, below standard, for aspects of the HSW Act relating to construction work.  These shortfalls were promptly addressed, following the provision of immediate regulatory advice, during the course of the site inspection

For the Emergency Planning Consultative Committee meeting, I concluded that an inspection rating of “3”, adequate, was warranted.  There was constructive discussion between the licensee and a range of agencies involved in emergency planning matters relating to the Capenhurst site.

A brief information exchange meeting was held at the request of the Managing Director of the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited tenant organisation.  In view of the brevity of this reactive meeting, no inspection rating was warranted.