Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Hinkley Point A nuclear licensed site planned system based inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This was a system based inspection (SBI) of Hinkley Point A's (HPA) Sludge Canning Building (SCB) Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) waste management project. This was one of a series of planned inspections for 2017/18.

We also met four of HPA's Safety Representatives.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

We undertook an SBI, which considered the interaction between the HPA management and the Magnox Ltd waste management project team in their preparations to take responsibility for decommissioning the SCB. The interaction was assessed against the requirements of the six licence conditions attached to the nuclear site licence addressing:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

From the discussions we held, the inspection of the SCB and the information provided by the site and the waste management project team, we concluded that the transfer of responsibility for the safe decommissioning of the building from the site to the project team was being managed adequately.

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

We found that:

Conclusion of Intervention

We concluded from our intervention that the arrangements and the knowledge transfer were adequate for transfer of responsibility for decommissioning the SCB from the site team to the project team.