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Barrow – LC32 to LC34 compliance inspections

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This intervention, conducted at the Licensee’s BAE Systems Marine Limited (BAESML) Barrow licensed site was undertaken as part of the 2018/19 intervention plan and propulsion sub-division strategy.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I conducted planned Licence Condition (LC) 32 (Accumulation of radioactive waste), LC 33 (Disposal of radioactive waste) and LC 34 (Leakage and escape of radioactive material and radioactive waste) compliance inspections. I focused on the implementation of the licensee’s arrangements for Boat 4 (onwards) against the licence conditions, specifically the arrangements in place to ensure a suitable radioactive waste management strategy is adopted for the accumulation, management, storage and disposal of solid, liquid and gaseous radioactive waste / material.

This intervention was conducted alongside the Environment Agency (EA), who undertook an inspection against compliance with the relevant site Environmental Permit, noting EA are the responsible regulator for the disposal of radioactive waste within England.

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

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

Based upon inspection of the licensees arrangements and their implementation, it is my opinion that the licensee has demonstrated adequate control over radioactive waste management activities, including the minimisation of the accumulation, storage and disposal of solid, liquid and gaseous radioactive waste / materials.

No matters were identified as requiring immediate regulatory attention during the conduct of the compliance inspection.

No findings were identified as requiring regulatory attention during the conduct of the compliance inspection.

Conclusion of Intervention

On the basis of the evidence sampled for the management of radioactive waste (solid, liquid and gaseous) across the licenced site, the licensee demonstrated it has adequate arrangements are implemented on the site in order to maintain compliance with Licence Condition 32, 33 and 34.