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Pre Licensing Compliance Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

Tradebe Inutec Ltd has applied to ONR for a Nuclear Site Licence for its undertakings on the Winfrith site. In order to determine this application, ONR is working to an inspection and assessment plan. This report covers an inspection at Tradebe Inutec Ltd's facility on 17 August 2016. This inspection will be used to inform ONR's decision whether to grant a nuclear site licence to Tradebe Inutec Ltd.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this intervention, ONR inspectors carried out compliance inspections against the following licence conditions:

Whilst on site I held meetings with the licensee to discuss and follow up on the status of actions and held meetings to discuss a number of routine matters.

My inspections were carried out against the requirements of ONR's published inspection guidance associated with the above Licence Conditions. The inspection comprised plant inspection, office-based examination of procedures and records and interviews with staff.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No safety system was inspected during this intervention.

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

In regard to Licence Condition 32, I inspected Tradebe Inutec Ltd's compliance arrangements against ONR's Technical Inspection Guide for LC32 Accumulation of radioactive waste and sampled the implementation of these arrangements. I consider that Tradebe Inutec Ltd has demonstrated that it has made suitable arrangements that meets the intent of ONR's inspection guidance. I found that Tradebe Inutec Ltd have also implemented suitable arrangements in place to minimise the quantity of radioactive waste accumulated on site and adequate arrangements for recording the total quantity of the waste on site.

In regard to Licence Condition 34, I inspected Tradebe Inutec Ltd's compliance arrangements for LC34, Leakage and escape of radioactive material and radioactive waste against ONR's Technical Inspection Guide for LC34, Leakage and escape of radioactive material and radioactive waste.

I consider that Tradebe Intec Ltd has demonstrated that it has suitable arrangements that meet the intent of ONR's guidance on leakage and escape of radioactive waste. Tradebe Inutec Ltd do have arrangements in place ensure that radioactive material and waste is adequately contained so that it cannot leak or escape from control or containment. However during a site inspection, I identified a number of improvement actions. These improvement actions have been accepted by Tradebe Inutec and are recorded on ONR's Issues database.

In regard to Licence Condition 35, I considered Tradebe Inutec's compliance arrangements for LC35, Decommissioning by comparison against ONR's Technical Inspection Guide for LC35, Decommissioning.

Taking account of the nature of Tradebe Inutec's operations and the plant that it uses and that Tradebe Inutec is a prospective nuclear site licensee, I consider that for now Tradebe Inutec's has demonstrated that it has decommissioning arrangement that meets the intent of ONR's guidance for decommissioning. However once Tradebe Inutec fully understand its total decommissioning liability and subject to ONR granting a nuclear site licence, Tradebe Inutec should revise its decommissioning strategy and develop a decommissioning programme. Tradebe Inutec has accepted these actions. I have identified an improvement action that has been accepted by Tradebe Inutec Ltd. This is recorded on ONR's Issues database.

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

Conclusion of Intervention

From the evidence gathered during this intervention, I conclude that there are no matters that may impact significantly on nuclear safety.