The intervention was part of a series of planned inspections of Berkeley licensed nuclear site during 2014-15 to check compliance with licence conditions. I also attended a meeting between Berkeley staff and Environment Agency staff on higher activity radioactive waste management.
I undertook inspections against licence conditions 7 and 17 on the arrangements for notification, recording, investigating and reporting incidents and management systems that give due priority to safety.
This intervention did not include a safety system inspection.
Berkeley had adequate arrangements for notification, recording, investigating and reporting incidents. It had not completed training senior staff in the use of some recently introduced procedures for reporting incidents. This will be corrected shortly. Environment Agency and my waste management regulation colleague were content with Berkeley's work on radioactive waste management and will continue a dialogue with the site to share learning points. Berkeley was able to provide evidence of a robust management system for controlling decommissioning activities.
In the areas I considered during the intervention I found that Berkeley had adequate arrangements in place to meet the requirements of licence conditions 7 and 17.