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Planned inspection at RRMPOL Nuclear Fuel Production Plant in Raynesway

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This intervention at the RRMPOL Nuclear Fuel Production Plant in Raynesway was undertaken as part of the 2016/17 intervention plan and propulsion sub-programme strategy.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The purpose of this intervention was to carry out an LC 6 (Documents, records, authorities and certificates) and LC 17 (Management systems) compliance inspection; attend the level 3 RIF and attend update meetings.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

A systems based inspection was not carried out

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

RRMPOL informed me of an incident which resulted in a small quantity of demineralised water escaping into a work area. There are no liquid limits in the area affected so no operational limits or conditions were exceeded. The event is being dealt with by the sites event reporting arrangements and I am content with this action.

An LC 17 (management systems) compliance inspection was carried out to assess the adequacy of the sites' quality management arrangements. The inspection team sampled the following areas: purchasing, management system documentation, licence compliance process management, audit and management review. In the areas sampled the inspection team judged compliance with LC 17 to be satisfactory and that the licensee has made and implemented adequate quality management arrangements. The inspection team rated the inspection as 'green' and no formal regulatory action is required. ONR identified three opportunities for improvement which RRMPOL will consider as part of process improvement.

An LC 6 (Documents, records, authorities and certificates) compliance inspection was carried out to assess the adequacy of record keeping on the new build Regeneration Project. The inspection found record keeping was of a good standard. I judged record keeping arrangements to be adequate and records were available to demonstrate compliance with licence conditions 17, 19, 20 & 21. I rated the inspection as 'green' and no formal regulatory action is required. RRMPOL agreed to address two minor shortfalls and consider two opportunities for improvement.

RRMPOL brought its new Bronze Command centre into use in late April. This is a significant improvement in the emergency preparedness and response arrangements on the site. ONR previously witnessed a successful site exercise which demonstrated the readiness of the new Bronze Command facility.

MOD will take a decision in the summer of 2016 regarding if and when a new facility will be constructed off the licenced site. This will determine if or when relicensing will be required to increase the area of the licensed site.

Conclusion of Intervention

No shortfalls or issues were found which adversely affected nuclear safety or were judged to be of such regulatory concern as to require immediate action. A number of opportunities for improvement were identified during the compliance inspections but no issues were raised.