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Transport inspection at Urenco UK Limited

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

ONR Transport Inspection and Enforcement (TIE) Sub-Programme observed Exercise Willow. This exercise was a demonstration of Urenco Ltd arrangements, as a Radsafe Level 2 and 3 responder, to respond to an offsite transport incident.  Urenco Ltd’s response was deemed to be adequate and no significant findings were raised.    The Inspector did raise some observations concerning the response of the Emergency Services.

The observations covered the following areas:

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the intervention was to:

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

Due to only one member of ONR staff attending, only the response at the scene was assessed and consisted of:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

Intervention methodology

The intervention was carried out by observation of activities at the scene of the incident. The following activities were assessed:

ONR Transport rate emergency exercises in accordance with standard IIS rating guidelines for Transport Interventions.

Inspection Findings

No Findings were raised but various observations were made, mostly concerning the Emergency Services. These observations will be fed back to Urenco and followed up during subsequent interventions.

Conclusion of Intervention

It is the opinion of ONR TIE , based on the evidence provided in observing Exercise Willow as described above, that Urenco’s emergency arrangements at Capenhurst are considered to be adequate for the purposes of compliance with the requirements of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009.