In line with the 2016/17 inspection plan for Dounreay I carried out planned inspections and other interventions to provide confidence that Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. (DSRL) is controlling its hazards properly and complying with its statutory obligations.
I undertook compliance inspection against Licence Condition 7 Incidents on the Site and Licence Condition 35 Decommissioning.
I reviewed recent events reported in accordance with DSRL’s arrangements made under Licence Condition 7. In particular I discussed the findings of an on-going investigation into the release of contamination during transfer of a glove box in the fast reactor reprocessing facility. I considered that the response to the event had been appropriately managed and that the investigation was commensurate with its significance.
As required by Licence Condition 35 a site baseline decommissioning programme has been produced. I discussed the process being applied for the re-baselining of the programme for the decommissioning of plants within the Fuel Cycle Area. The process appeared robust. Once the facility programmes have reached a level of maturity I will wish to be assured that they are in accordance with ONR expectations for the systematic reduction in hazard.
I considered my inspection identified an adequate standard of compliance with Licence Condition 7 and Licence Condition 35. The intervention did not identify any matter impacting on nuclear safety that required immediate regulatory action.