Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Chapelcross site inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This was a planned visit in pursuance of ONR’s plan of compliance inspection for Chapelcross.  A second purpose was handover from ONR’s nominated site inspector to his successor.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The visit was centred on Exercise Quincy, which was intended to demonstrate the site’s arrangements for dealing with any accident or emergency arising on the site and its effects.  Having previously agreed the scenario, I observed the exercise with my two colleagues, who, because this exercise relied more than usual on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), included one of ONR’s fire safety inspectors.  He provided feedback to SFRS as well as to the licensee.

We made a general inspection of most of the safety-significant plants on the site.  We had meetings with each of the site’s lead team, to discuss their remits and the current regulatory issues within them.

We met safety representatives, to support their role in representing the health and safety interests of employees.

At other meetings, the results of actions previously placed were reviewed and closed where possible; new actions were also placed.

We attended the quarterly meeting of the Site Stakeholder Group, where I gave an account of ONR’s recent inspection and assessment of the site.  Following this we had a meeting with the SEPA inspector for Chapelcross to discuss regulation of the site. 

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

We judged Exercise Quincy to be an adequate demonstration of the licensee’s arrangements.

Conclusion of Intervention

I found no issues that significantly affect nuclear safety, or that require me to take further regulatory action.