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Magnox Dungness A - Radioactive Material (RAM) Transport Intervention

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This compliance inspection at Magnox Ltd’s (ML) Dungeness A licensed site was in relation to the safe transport of Radioactive Material (RAM) and was one of a series detailed in the ONR Transport Inspection Programme for the year 2017/18.

The purpose of the inspection was to:

This inspection was conducted jointly with ML own ‘internal oversight’ team.

Intervention Carried Out by ONR

The inspection was conducted against the requirements of the CDG2009, a relevant statutory provision of The Energy Act 2013, which requires carriage by road and rail to be in accordance with the appropriate edition of the European Agreements known as ADR (for road) and RID (for rail). The current editions are ADR 2017 [1] and RID 2017 [2].

The inspection sampled the transport arrangements deployed by Dungeness A for the safe transport of RAM, including the associated management system documents, including those related to Package Maintenance and Operations, Package Preparation for Consignment, Management and Control of Transport Interfaces, Training and Competence, and Emergency Planning and Testing.

This included the overarching corporate system (Magnox standard procedure ‘S-142 - Dangerous Goods (including Radioactive Materials) Transport’), together with transport specific procedures and sub-documents which were examined and local implementation was discussed / reviewed.

The inspection supported ML’s own internal oversight team as per ONR guidance ‘General Inspection Guide’ ONR-INSP-GD-064 Revision 2.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate


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

The inspection concluded that the current arrangements at Dungeness A for the safe carriage of RAM arising from decommissioning, continue to be adequate based on the evidence reviewed during this inspection.

Three inspection comments were raised, these were:

The inspection also identified good practices, these were:

Conclusion of Intervention.

The arrangements examined in this inspection in relation to the transport of RAM are considered adequate for the purposes of compliance with the requirements of CDG2009.

Working with the duty-holder internal oversight was found to be beneficial for the   following reasons: