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Torness - LC11 - Level 2 Exercise Magpie

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The primary purpose of Magpie as a ‘Level 2' exercise was to demonstrate emergency response to an offsite nuclear incident by the Local Authority and other responders. This record summarises observation of the onsite element at Torness Power Station within that overall exercise.

Exercise Magpie forms part of the ONR inspection programme contained in the Torness Integrated Intervention (IIS) plan for 2017/18.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I the nominated site inspector observed those aspects of the Torness onsite emergency arrangements that were deployed for the exercise, which comprised operation of the Emergency Control Centre (ECC) and onward communication to the EDF NGL Central Emergency Support Centre (CESC) and other agencies. I also participated in the exercise by providing onsite communication from the ECC to ONR's emergency response team at the Redgrave Court Incident Suite (RCIS).

The intervention was performed in line with ONR’s guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

This report also records routine regulatory engagements at the Station.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable as no system inspection was undertaken during this intervention.

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

The onsite aspects of the exercise were more artificial than usual, as it was run from a script, however it did enable a useful demonstration of the emergency communication arrangements from the ECC to external agencies, including CESC and the emergency services represented (Police Scotland, Ambulance and Fire).

I observed that the communication chains and equipment provided in the ECC operated well for the exercise duration. f. I was also of the opinion that the ECC was well-run with clear prioritisation and good use of information boards.

Conclusion of Intervention

For the aspects of Licence Condition 11 demonstrated onsite I concluded that the licensee complied with its legal duties.

There are no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety at Torness nuclear licensed site.