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Planned observation of a Level One emergency exercise, together with planned participation in a meeting of the Emergency Planning Consultative Committee, (EPCC) held near the site

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

Planned observation of a Level One emergency exercise, together with planned participation in a meeting of the Emergency Planning Consultative Committee, (EPCC).  This intervention formed part of the 2016/2017 Intervention Programme for the Springfields Fuels Limited site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I participated in the planned meeting of the Emergency Planning Consultative Committee, held at Lancashire Constabulary HQ, Hutton, providing regulatory advice on a range of ‘off site’ emergency planning matters.

A team of ONR inspectors observed the Level One (‘on site’) emergency exercise, at which the licensee demonstrated aspects of the emergency arrangements.

The intervention was performed in line with ONR's guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

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

At the EPCC meeting, there was evidence of continuing effective dialogue between the licensee, the local authority, the emergency services and ONR, regarding ‘off site’ emergency planning matters relating to the Springfields site.  I explained that ONR was currently assessing the Detailed Emergency Planning Zone (DEPZ) for the Springfields site and that ONR was also engaged in preparing guidance on ‘off site’ emergency planning matters, which would be published on the ONR web site.

At the ‘hot debrief’ Level One emergency exercise ‘hot debrief’ meeting, the ONR lead inspector advised that this demonstration emergency exercise had adequately demonstrated aspects of the licensee’s licence condition 11 ‘on site’ emergency arrangements and ONR welcomed the licensee’s demonstration of aspects of the recovery arrangements.  The licensee’s improvements to the size and the layout of the Emergency Control Centre facilitated a step change improvement.

Conclusions of Intervention

I concluded that there continued to be effective dialogue on ‘off site’ emergency planning matters at Springfields, between the licensee, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service and ONR.  No intervention rating was warranted for this EPCC meeting.

I concluded that this Level One emergency exercise adequately demonstrated aspects of the licensee’s ‘on site’ emergency arrangements, including arrangements for addressing aspects of the recovery phase of a significant event.  I concluded that an inspection rating of green, adequate with some aspects being of a good standard, was warranted for the planned licence condition 11 (Emergency Arrangements) Level One emergency exercise.  From the evidence gathered during this intervention, I concluded that no formal regulatory action was warranted and there were no matters that may impact significantly on nuclear safety.