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EDF NGL - Corporate compliance inspection and Level 4 Meeting

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to carry out a licence compliance inspection of EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited's (EDF NGL's) corporate LC32 arrangements at the EDF Barnwood Offices.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

ONR carried out the compliance inspection jointly with the Environment Agency (EA) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) against the following Licence Condition (LC):

A Level 4 Joint Regulatory Meeting was held to discuss Radioactive Waste Management arrangements under LC32.

An information gathering meeting was held to discuss decommissioning arrangements under LC35 (decommissioning).

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable during this intervention.

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

EDF NGL recognise the need for early engagement with the regulators and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) with regard to the transition from operation to decommissioning; they are currently developing their decommissioning arrangements. The next update of the Baseline Decommissioning Plan is due to be completed in 2019. NGL also recognise the value of OPEX, both from the Magnox fleet transition to decommissioning and from the EDF experience in France.

The routine level 4 joint regulatory meeting focused on the fleet operational performance and issues, and provided a progress update on the current planned improvements in the area of radioactive waste management. In addition there were updates given on problematic wastes, safety case health review and other fleet issues.

EDF NGL has made adequate progress in developing their LC32 corporate arrangements. There has been significant review and update of the arrangements; however, whilst progress has been made, EDF NGL must continue to ensure that these changes are effectively implemented across the fleet. In line with the corporate improvement plan, EDF NGL has developed an inventory tool which is planned to be rolled out to the sites over the next six months. EDF NGL is also developing revised training requirements for the roles within Generation Environment Management (GEM) team, taking into account both current operational requirements and future requirements to support the transition to decommissioning. Based on the evidence sampled it is judged that the arrangements for compliance with LC32 are adequate and therefore rating of a green has been given.

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 consider EDF NGL's corporate arrangements under LC32 to be adequate.

At present, no additional regulatory action is needed over and above the planned interventions.