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Bradwell Licence Compliance Inspection on Preparations for Care and Maintenance and Office Hours Working

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This inspection of Magnox Ltd.’s Bradwell nuclear licensed site was conducted as part of a programme of planned interventions as outlined in the Bradwell Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2017/18.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this intervention, I undertook a licence compliance inspection on the preparations for entry to Care and Maintenance operations. This inspection was undertaken as part of the continuing programme of decommissioning aimed at the site entering care and maintenance operational status later next year.

The intervention was carried out against the requirements of LC’s 4, 14, 15, 23, 24, 35; and ONR’s published inspection guidance for these Licence Conditions. As all the site operations with regard to remediating waste in preparation for C&M have now been completed this inspection was focussed on the preparations for C&M and the change to office hours working.

I also undertook a walkdown of the site and held a meeting with the safety reps.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This was not a systems based inspection.

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

Based on my sample the management arrangements at Bradwell site for nuclear matter are adequate for managing operations on the site. There is a clear management structure and process.  The preparations for the entry to C&M are nearing completion and a sound process for managing the transition to C&M is in place. Therefore we have rated compliance with LC’s 4, 14, 15, 23, 24, and 35 as Green.

The inspection also included a meeting with the safety representatives and an exercise of the new emergency arrangements in support of a change from shift to day working.

The conclusion of this intervention was that the site is in such an advanced state of decommissioning that standard licence compliance inspections have little meaning or relevance as the nuclear risk from the site is so small that the guidance promotes a disproportionate standard for compliance. 

Conclusion of Intervention

From the evidence gathered during this intervention, I concluded that there are no matters of significant nuclear safety concern. I have therefore rated the licensee’s compliance with Licence Conditions 4, 14, 15, 23, 24 and 35 to be adequate.

The site is working hard to maintain good standards of personnel safety awareness and observance of basic safety procedures whilst maintaining good progress in the preparation of the site for care and maintenance.