Office for Nuclear Regulation

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Planned Compliance Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This was a planned intervention of the EDF Nuclear Generation Limited (NGL) Hartlepool power station of its Radioactive Waste Management Licence Conditions (LCs).

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

Compliance inspection against the following LCs was undertaken as detailed in the Hartlepool IIS Plan 2014-2015:

The intervention was conducted to an agenda agreed between ONR, EA and NGL beforehand and carried out in line with ONR’s published Technical Inspection Guides.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No safety system inspection was undertaken, hence this is not applicable.

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

The Site provided an overview of the arrangements controlling management of fuel on site.  They provided examples when asked to demonstrate management of failed fuel and of pond stock accountancy.  I am content that the arrangements and their implementation associated with LC4 are of an adequate standard and demonstrate appropriate control.  A compliance rating of (adequate) 3 was given for this LC based upon inspection findings and IIS criteria.

The Site discussed the current solid radioactive waste accumulations on the site and actions being taken to dispose of waste.  I am content that the arrangements and their implementation associated with LC32 are to a good standard with examples of good practice identified in the anticipation of radioactive waste arising due to double reactor outage and disposal of desiccant from filter bypass blow-down system.  The Site is actively promoting radioactive waste management awareness through briefings and team discussions within its operational and project teams although this process has not yet been formalised within its arrangements.  A compliance rating of (good standard) 2 for this LC was given based inspection findings and IIS criteria.

The Site presented their plans for implantation of new corporate LC34 arrangements. They explained current improvement work to the Active Effluent Treatment Plant (AETP) pond areas. Improvement work was evident from inspection of this facility with replacement of old pipework and renovation of building internals.  I am content that the arrangements and their implementation associated with LC34 are suitable and sufficient.  A compliance rating of (adequate) 3 for this LC was given based upon inspection findings and IIS criteria.

Conclusion of Intervention

There are no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine nuclear safety and no change to the planned interventions and inspections of Hartlepool are required. No new issues have been raised.