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Limited Local Liaison Committee Meeting together with a Reactive Meeting with a Tenant Organisations Managing Director

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The primary purpose was to participate in the planned Local Liaison Committee meeting, together with a reactive meeting requested by the Managing Director of the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited tenant organisation, as part of the 2015/16 ONR intervention programme at the Urenco UK Limited licensed site at Capenhurst.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I participated in the planned meeting of the Urenco UK Limited Local Liaison Committee (LLC) held at Capenhurst.  

I also held an information exchange meeting requested by the Managing Director of the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited tenant organisation.

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

At the LLC meeting, I summarised the interventions conducted by ONR, across the Capenhurst licensed site, over the preceding six months and responded to some minor queries from stakeholders regarding the two most recent quarterly reports from ONR to the Capenhurst LLC members.  The well attended meeting was very constructive and conducted in a very open manner, enabling a broad range of queries from the stakeholders to be satisfactorily addressed by both the licensee and ONR.  This included an informative discussion with a Ministry of Defence Project Manager, who summarised the findings of the recent stakeholder consultation exercise near Capenhurst, Capenhurst being a candidate site for the potential storage of defueled reactor pressure vessels.  If Capenhurst was selected for this contract, I commented that from the ONR perspective this would not have a material effect on the overall hazard rating of the Capenhurst site.  Good progress was reported by the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited tenant organisation, nearing completion of washing out a population of ageing uranium hexafluoride bottles, this decommissioning project serving to reduce part of the legacy radiological hazard at the site.

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, where I explained the rationale for the current safety culture intervention, assessing the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited tenant organisation, recently initiated by ONR.  No inspection rating was warranted.

Conclusion of Intervention

In my judgement, an intervention rating of “2”, good, was considered appropriate for the licensee’s constructive and open Local Liaison Committee meeting.

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.