Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Planned intervention at Bradwell

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report covers an inspection of Magnox Ltd’s Bradwell nuclear licensed site on 22th to 24th November 2016. This inspection was conducted as part of a programme of planned interventions as outlined in the Bradwell Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2016/17.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this intervention, We assessed the suitability of the arrangements for the site’s compliance with Licence Condition 4 (LC 4) – Restrictions on Nuclear Matter on the Site and LC 32 Accumulation of Radioactive Waste. This inspection was undertaken as part of the continuing programme of decommissioning aimed at the site entering care and maintenance operational status later next year.

The intervention was carried out against the requirements of LC’s 4 and 32 and ONR’s published inspection guidance for this Licence Condition.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This intervention did not include an inspection of a safety system.

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

The preparations for the entry to care and maintenance operations (C&M) are nearing completion and a sound process for managing the transition to C&M is in place. It is anticipated that the formal submission for entry to C&M will be made in mid 2017.

Conclusion of Intervention

From the evidence gathered during this intervention, I concluded that there are no matters of nuclear safety concern. I have therefore rated the licensee’s compliance with Licence Conditions 4 and 32 to be adequate (green).