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AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield planned inspections

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report covers planned inspections at the AWE Aldermaston and 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 conducted a planned inspection and assessment of implementation of the Licence Condition (LC) 7 Incidents on the Site within the Assembly Facility.

ONR also conducted interventions on the Assembly Facility Exercising of Emergency Arrangements, the Assembly Facility Action Tracker and the proposed changes to the Aldermaston Site Emergency Plan.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A

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

Based on the discussions, explanations and the sample inspected on this occasion ONR was satisfied that there were no significant shortfalls identified with the implementation of the established arrangements for LC 7 incidents on the site. In particular, assigning a suitably qualified and experienced investigator, the reporting of events, the screening of events and the identification of issues.

For the Assembly Facility Exercising of Emergency Arrangements, the Assembly Facility Action Tracker and the proposed changes to the Aldermaston Site Emergency Plan. ONR was satisfied that there were no shortfalls and no need for any regulatory action at this point.

Conclusion of Intervention

It is ONR's opinion, that from the sample inspected, the implementation of the established arrangements within the Assembly Facility with respect to Licence Condition 7 requires no formal regulatory action.

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.