Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Dungeness A site inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report covers a planned visit to Magnox Ltd’s Dungeness A licensed site, undertaken in pursuance of ONR’s compliance inspection plan.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

During this intervention, we carried out a compliance inspections against the following licence conditions:

Whilst on site we held meetings with the licensee to discuss a number of routine matters and attended the Dungeness Sites Stakeholder meeting in New Romney.

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

During this inspection, we reviewed the licensee’s arrangements for the control and supervision of work that may affect safety. We concluded that the licensee has adequate written arrangements. We were also satisfied that work is being properly supervised. However we found that was no documented organisation for the pond programme and that pond programme supervisory staff have minimal knowledge of the site’s written arrangements. The licensee’s arrangements for LC26 were therefore judged to be below standard.

We inspected storage of radiologically contaminated items and waste on site. We found that where items were classified as waste they were being appropriately treated and stored pending disposal. We concluded that whilst the licensee was storing contaminated items that were no longer needed, the general storage conditions were acceptable. We noted the licensee’s intention to dispose of these items.   

We judged that the contaminated items and waste that we inspected were appropriately packaged to ensure no leakage and escape of radioactivity could occur. We judged that the licensee’s arrangements for the detection of any leakage of radioactive material were appropriate.  

Conclusion of Intervention

From the evidence gathered during this intervention, I conclude that there are no matters that may impact significantly on nuclear safety. However a number of improvements have been identified that the licensee has agreed to implement.