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Planned Licence Condition 11 inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This report covers a planned inspection at AWE Burghfield Licensed Site and is undertaken in accordance with ONR’s Operating Facilities Division Weapons Sub-division Strategy 2018 – 2020 for the Atomic Weapons Establishment Programme.

The inspections undertaken at the Burghfield Licensed Site form part of a series of planned interventions in accordance with the Operating Facilities Division Weapons Sub-division Strategy 2018 – 2020 and the ONR AWE Inspection Plan April ’18 – March ‘19.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

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

ONR also conducted interventions on an Assembly Facility Level 1 emergency exercise presentation, overview and familiarisation tour, a Site Level 3 meeting, meetings with Internal Regulation and LC11, 13 and 35 owners and a regular meeting with the AWE communications team.

ONR conducted an assessment of implementation of the Licence Condition (LC) 11, Emergency Arrangements through a Level 1 emergency response demonstration exercise within the Assembly Facility on the Burghfield Nuclear Licensed Site.

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

For the Assembly Facility Level 1 emergency exercise presentation, overview and familiarisation tour ONR was satisfied that there were no shortfalls, that the exercise scenario was realistic and sufficiently challenging and required no need for any formal regulatory action.

For the LC 11 compliance inspection, based on the demonstration observed in respect of the established emergency arrangements, ONR concluded that the demonstration was to an adequate standard. The detailed comments from the ONR inspection team for this demonstration will be summarised in a separate letter to the licensee.

Conclusion of Intervention

It is ONR’s opinion that the Level 1 emergency response demonstration exercise provided adequate evidence of implementation of the established emergency arrangements within the Assembly Facility, in respect of Licence Condition 11.  A Green rating is therefore considered appropriate.

There are no other findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety. The planned interventions set out in the Operating Facilities Division Weapons Sub-division Strategy 2018 – 2020 for Burghfield site remain valid and will be followed for future inspections.