Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Emergency exercise at NRTE Vulcan

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This intervention was undertaken to assess the demonstration of on-site emergency arrangements for NRTE Vulcan against the requirements of Authorisation Condition 11 and of the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001 (REPPIR). ONR was present to assess the exercise as the Enforcing Authority for REPPIR and to support the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator (DNSR).

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention consisted of a site exercise pre-brief held on the afternoon of 1 November 2017 and observation and assessment of the exercise on 2 November 2017. ONR inspectors witnessed the demonstration exercise within the Vulcan Emergency Control Centre (VECC) and at the emergency evacuation route. Feedback from ONR inspectors was provided to the DNSR Site Inspector who provided consolidated feedback to the site, along with overall judgement on the adequacy of the demonstration against the requirements of Authorisation Condition 11.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

N/A

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

The Level 1 exercise provided the opportunity to test the effectiveness of the on-site emergency arrangements for responding to a site nuclear incident at NRTE Vulcan. ONR assessors were placed at the VECC and at the site evacuation route. Following the exercise the DNSR Site Inspector provided consolidated regulatory feedback to the site responsible persons and key players from the emergency demonstration. The exercise demonstration was considered to be an adequate demonstration of the emergency arrangements against the requirements of Authorisation Condition 11.

Conclusion of Intervention

The exercise demonstration was considered to be an adequate demonstration of the emergency arrangements against the requirements of Authorisation Condition 11.