Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Hartlepool - LC8 and LC32 inspections

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this planned intervention was to undertake compliance inspection at EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited’s (NGL) Hartlepool power station.  The intervention was undertaken in line with ONR’s inspection programme contained in the Hartlepool Integrated Intervention Strategy for 2019/20.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

In my capacity of nominated site inspector for Hartlepool Power Station I performed inspections against Licence Condition (LC) 8 – ‘Warning Notices’, and LC 32 – ‘Accumulation of Radioactive Waste’.  The LC 8 inspection was performed as an unannounced inspection.  The LC32 inspection was undertaken jointly with the Environment Agency.

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; no system based inspections were undertaken during this intervention.

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

Conclusion of Intervention

Overall, I judge the standard of compliance across the licence conditions inspected met regulatory expectations and the licensee is complying with its legal duties.  Items for improvement were fed back to the station, with one item (the reinstatement of an LC8 signage register) being significant enough for a level 4 issue to be raised.

Regulatory action concerning the shortfalls with the flammable paint store will be followed up separately, but this matter does not affect nuclear safety.  The planned interventions at Hartlepool Power Station will continue.