Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Imperial College - Compliance Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) undertakes all regulatory interaction with Imperial College Reactor Centre against a strategy defined by the ONR Sellafield and DFW Programme. In accordance with that strategy, a joint ONR and Environment Agency (EA) Licence Condition 34 (LC34 - Leakage and escape of radioactive material and radioactive waste) compliance inspection was undertaken as planned.

Licence Condition 34 (LC34) requires the licensee to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that radioactive material and radioactive waste on the site is at all times adequately controlled or contained, so that it cannot leak or otherwise escape from such control or containment.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I carried out an on-site joint ONR/EA LC 34 (Leakage and escape of radioactive material and radioactive waste) compliance inspection of the Imperial College Reactor decommissioning project. My inspection comprised of discussions with Imperial College staff, examination of plant documentation, and physical inspection of the facility.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This was not a system based inspection, and therefore no judgement has been made of the adequacy of implementation of any part of the safety case.

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

From the areas sampled, I did not identify any significant shortfalls in the licensee's formal arrangements. Therefore, it is my opinion that, against compliance with Licence Condition 34, an inspection rating of Green (No Formal Action) is merited.

Conclusion of Intervention

From the areas sampled during this inspection, I judge that there was sufficient evidence that Imperial College Reactor Centre has effective measures in place for compliance with Licence Condition 34 and their arrangements are being effectively implemented and managed. The conclusions and judgements are based not only on the documented evidence provided, but also on the behaviours encountered during the inspection.