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Springfields Fuels Limited - planned intervention

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

Participation in the periodic regulatory review meeting between the licensee and the regulators.  Plant familiarisation visits and meetings were held, over two days, to inform the handover from the outgoing, to the incoming, ONR Nominated Site Inspectors. The intervention formed part of the 2016/2017 Intervention Programme for the Springfields Fuels Limited site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

Following an introductory meeting with some of the licensee's directors, I participated in the periodic regulatory review meeting between the licensee and the regulators.  I was accompanied by the incoming Nominated Site Inspector, as part of our handover arrangements.  

Plant visits and meetings were held, over two days, to inform the handover from the outgoing, to the incoming, ONR Nominated Site Inspector.

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

The licensee provided an adequate update against the two key ONR regulatory issues at Springfields, in particular noting that a decision was due shortly from the NDA board to the licensee, on the scope of funding for potential completion of the processing of the NDA owned legacy uranic residue materials to a less hazardous, more stable form, suitable for safer long term storage.

Plant familiarisation visits were paid to the Oxide Fuels Complex and to the Legacy Uranic Residue Processing facilities.  The Emergency Control Centre and the Alternative Emergency Control Centre were also both visited.  A meeting was held with a group of Safety Representatives.  

Conclusion of Intervention

I concluded that the regulatory review meeting provided a good opportunity for information exchange between ONR, the licensee and the National Nuclear Laboratory Limited tenant organisation, across a range of topics of regulatory interest.  This meeting usefully informed the impending handover of ONR Nominated site inspectors.  I also concluded that there were no matters that may significantly impact on nuclear safety.  No intervention rating was warranted for this meeting.

I concluded that the programme of facility familiarisation visits and meetings with a broad range of key licensee staff usefully informed the impending handover of ONR Nominated Site Inspectors.  I concluded that there were no matters that may significantly impact on nuclear safety.