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EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd Sizewell B Power Station Transport Compliance Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

ONR Transport inspected Sizewell B Power Station in relation to the safe transport of radioactive material on the 31st May to 1st June 2017. This Compliance Inspection was one of a series detailed in the ONR-Radioactive Materials Transport FY17/18 Transport Inspection Programme.

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of the inspection was to:

 Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection included the various parts of the site involved with the preparation and  transport of radioactive material, interviews with staff and documentary review.

The inspection was conducted against the requirements of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (CDG09), a relevant statutory provision of the Energy Act 2013, and one which requires carriage by road and rail to be in accordance with the appropriate edition of a European Agreement known as ADR (for road) and RID (for rail). The current editions are ADR 2017 and RID 2017. In particular, the inspection considered the following thematic areas: Management System, Package Maintenance and Operations, Package Preparation and Consignment, Management and Control of Transport Interfaces, Training and Competence, and Emergency Planning and Testing.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A – not a System/Structure Based Inspection.

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

The inspection concluded that the current arrangements at Sizewell B for the safe carriage of radioactive material arising from power generation continue to be adequate based on what was seen and experienced during this inspection.

The waste management processes implemented at the station help reduce radioactive waste being un-necessarily consigned to LLWR. Where appropriate, waste is disposed of by other approved means such as metal recycling or incineration.

Conclusion of Intervention

ONR’s opinion on whether or not organisation’s Management System is acceptable is influenced by:

Although not all areas of Sizewell B’s Management System were sampled during this inspection, sufficient evidence was obtained to indicate that the Management System is being implemented as intended.

Therefore it is the opinion of the inspectors that the Management System employed by Sizewell B in relation to radioactive material transport activities is considered acceptable for the purposes of compliance with the requirements of ADR/RID 1.7.3 – Management System.

The inspection identified the following area of good practice: