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Planned Systems Inspection of the Gaseous and Solid Radioactive Waste Management Systems

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report covers a systems inspection of the gaseous and solid radioactive waste management systems EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd (NGL)'s Hartlepool Power Station licensed site, undertaken as part of a series of planned interventions, highlighted in the Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) plan for that site.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The intervention involved a planned systems inspection of the gaseous and solid radioactive waste management systems against the following Licence Conditions (LCs):

NGL provided appropriate documents, such as system health reports and relevant tech specs for review in advance of the inspection.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Both the gaseous and solid radioactive waste management systems were judged adequate to perform their role in supporting the station safety case.

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

An inspection was undertaken against the LCs normally examined during an ONR systems inspection (listed in section 1.2) and it was found that the arrangements in place and being implemented were generally satisfactory.

Several areas were identified where the robustness of the systems could be improved. NGL was aware of these and work was either in hand or awaiting funding for their implementation.

Conclusion of Intervention

From the evidence gathered during this intervention, no matters have been identified related to the gaseous and solid radioactive waste management systems that are likely to have a significant impact on nuclear safety on the station at this time.