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Torness - LC2, LC16 and LC36 inspections

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake compliance inspections at the EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Torness Power Station. The compliance inspections concerned transport of radioactive material, nuclear site licence conditions (LC) 2, which concerns marking of the site boundary, 16 site plans, designations and specifications, and 36 organisational capability.

The intervention was planned in accordance with ONR’s Torness Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2018/19.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

As nominated site inspector for Torness I inspected, with an ONR transport safety specialist, the site’s management of compliance with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods etc. Regulations 2009 (CDG). The inspection included interviews with key staff, review of relevant documents and a walk-down of relevant parts of the Station.

For LC2 I inspected the marking of the boundary of the site as set out in the plan attached to the Torness nuclear site licence, and for LC16 I examined the arrangements to ensure that plans of the site and its buildings remain accurate and up to date.

The LC36 (organisational capability) inspection comprised interviews with the heads of a number of departments within the Torness organisation, as well as with Human Resources management who lead the arrangements for compliance with LC36 at the Station. Relevant documentation was reviewed.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable – no system based inspections were performed during this intervention.

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

On the basis of the sample we found that management of CDG by Torness included an adequate management system, suitably trained staff and standards of fuel flasks and waste drums management that met relevant good practice. The specialist inspector and I rated this Green – no formal action.

For LC2 I found that the Station had processes in place for monitoring and maintaining the existing markings of the site boundary, which at Torness covers a much wider area than that represented by the site security fence. However there were a small number of areas where members of the public may not be aware that they were entering a nuclear licensed site, and improvements were agreed with site management. I rated the inspection ‘Green, no formal action’.

For LC16 there was evidence that site plans are updated as changes are made to the site. I rated this ‘green’ also.

For LC36 I found that there is active management of the adequacy of human resources for nuclear safety by Torness management, and some good practices were evident beyond those required by the company’s arrangements. I rated this ‘Green, no formal action’.

Conclusion of Intervention

The findings of this intervention were communicated verbally to Torness management. No regulatory issues were raised; one minor action was agreed concerning LC2 and I gave some informal advice concerning LC36.

The findings concerning organisational capability will inform an ONR themed inspection that will provide feedback to EDF Energy NGL corporate process owners.

There were no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety.  At present, no additional regulatory action is needed over and above the planned interventions of Torness power station as set out in the IIS, which will continue as planned.