Office for Nuclear Regulation

This website uses non-intrusive cookies to improve your user experience. You can visit our cookie privacy page for more information.

Planned intervention to agree the scope of the forthcoming Level One emergency exercise and to inspect the refurbished Emergency Control Centre

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

Planned and reactive intervention, to plan the forthcoming Level One emergency exercise, inspect the refurbished Emergency Control Centre and to discuss the licensee’s implementation of arrangements to manage potential Counterfeit, Fraudulent and Suspect Items, (CFSI).  This intervention formed part of the 2016/2017 Intervention Programme for the Springfields site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I inspected the implementation of the licence condition 11 emergency arrangements, meeting with the licensee’s Emergency Planning Manager, to agree the scope of the forthcoming Level One emergency exercise and then to conduct a site inspection of the extended and refurbished Emergency Control Centre.

I met with the Head of Procurement & Logistics, to discuss the licensee’s implementation of arrangements to address potential CFSI.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

As no safety system inspection was undertaken, this was not applicable to this intervention.

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

In an inspection of the implementation of the licence condition 11 emergency arrangements, I met the Emergency Planning Manager, agreeing the outline scenario of the forthcoming Level One emergency exercise.  I then inspected the recently refurbished Emergency Control Centre, which had been returned to service.  The facility had been extended and the layout had been improved, which will enhance the licensee’s capability to adequately manage an emergency on the site.

At the meeting with the Head of Procurement & Logistics, I reviewed aspects of the licensee’s implementation of arrangements to guard against CFSI being introduced to into the operating facilities and reactor fuel components.  I found good evidence that the licensee was well aware of the CFSI topic and had implemented measures to reduce the likelihood of CFSI arriving at the site.  Some regulatory advice was provided to enable the licensee to further strengthen the robustness of the licensee’s arrangements against CFSI.

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded that the licensee had made tangible improvements to the facilities at the refurbished Emergency Control Centre.  The planning of the forthcoming Level One emergency exercise was progressing well.  An intervention rating of green was considered appropriate for this intervention.

Overall, I concluded that the licensee had implemented adequate arrangements to address the topic of CFSI, with further minor improvements being advised at this intervention.  No intervention rating was warranted for this meeting.