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Hartlepool planned inspection - Level 1 exercise

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake a Licence Condition (LC) compliance inspection at EDF Nuclear Generation’s (NGL’s) Hartlepool power station in line with the planned inspection programme contained in the Hartlepool Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2014/15.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

This intervention included a compliance inspection against LC 11 emergency arrangements.

The inspection undertaken utilised ONR guidance document, NS-INSP-GD-011 which requires inspectors undertaking compliance inspections against LC11 to consider both the arrangements that are in place together with their associated implementation.

The intervention was undertaken by four ONR inspectors and involved the observation of the annual Level 1 demonstration of the on-site emergency response arrangements at the Hartlepool nuclear licensed site.  The purpose was to seek assurance that the licensee’s emergency arrangements and its emergency response personnel have the capability to deal effectively with emergencies with on-site or off-site consequences.

I also inspected the arrangements for duly appointed persons and other suitably qualified persons (LC 12).  The inspection was based on sampling the arrangements in place against the licence condition and its implementation. Meetings were held with key site personnel and the main findings of the discussions were communicated.

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

No system based inspections were conducted.

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

Observing the LC11 level 1 exercise we judged that in a real event the station would have coped with the postulated event.  No actions arise from this inspection as ONR’s detailed findings were captured in the station’s own debrief and no systemic issues were identified.  Detailed comments on the exercise were conveyed to the licensee for consideration.  Considering the overall LC 11 arrangements we judged compliance with LC 11 to be adequate (IIS rating 3).

The LC 12 inspection uncovered issues with the emergency scheme shift manning levels and DAP training issues.  However, the station had self-identified the issues and was in the process of correcting the shortfalls.   I judged that compliance with LC12 was adequate (IIS rating 3). 

Conclusion of Intervention

From the evidence gathered during this intervention, there are no findings that could significantly undermine nuclear safety and hence no change to the planned interventions and inspections of Hartlepool are required.