Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Hunterston A transport inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of the inspection was to:

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection was conducted through a visit to the Hinkley Point A site, interviews with staff and documentary review.

Reference was made to the requirements of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 SI 2009:1348 (CDG09), a relevant statutory provision of the Energy Act 2013, and one which requires carriage by road to be in accordance with the appropriate edition of a European Agreement known as ADR. The current edition is ADR 2015.

The inspection considered ADR15 obligations in relation to preparation of packages for consignment, package operations and maintenance, the need for a radiation protection programme, appointment and involvement of a safety adviser. Adequacy of emergency arrangements was also reviewed in line with the requirements of CDG09 (Regulation 24).

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A – not a System/Structure Based Inspection.

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

The inspection concluded that the current arrangements of Hinkley Point A concerning the safe carriage of radioactive material arising from decommissioning work continue to be adequate.

Hinkley Point A will consider the following findings:

The inspectors were satisfied that the issues observed in relation to current arrangements for carriage of Class 7 material did not present a significant risk to workers or the public, and the site management committed to review the inspection findings and implement appropriate corrective action. No formal regulatory action was considered necessary on this occasion.

Conclusion of Intervention

On the basis of this inspection, ONR concluded that current arrangements for packaging and consignment of Class 7 material (consisting predominantly of low specific activity material and surface contaminated objects in excepted and industrial packages) to be adequate for the purposes of ADR, and in compliance with the requirements of CDG09.