This inspection was undertaken as part of the Environment Agency's themed inspection on Radioactive Waste Management Arrangements (RWMA). The inspection of the corporate arrangements was carried out in advance of RWMA inspections in order to provide early feedback on each of the stations. ONR is supporting the Environment Agency themed inspection across licensees and using them to assess and benchmark compliance with LC32 arrangements for the accumulation of radioactive waste management.
Assess implementation of corporate arrangements for compliance with LC32 arrangements for the accumulation of radioactive wastes, in particular the licensees position on Integrated Waste Management Strategy (IWS) using ONR's new assessment tool that is being incorporated into the Radioactive Waste Management Technical Assessment Guide.
EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd (NGL) development of a Sustainable Approach to Waste Management (SAWM) has pulled together an overarching sustainable environmental fleet strategy for managing all wastes associated with nuclear power generation and the decommissioning of the NGL Fleet and activities at supporting sites
During the inspection, evidence was provided that a number of actions in the Fleet Implementation Plan (FIP) that supports the SAWM have been completed and others are in progress. These included a number of actions that stations had already identified with the regulators in their Radioactive Waste Improvement Plans.
There is still the need to formalise the arrangements in SAWM so that it is recognised as a 'controlling document' within the Company. SAWM and radioactive waste management arrangements also need to be embedded into staff training programmes.
The implementation of SAWM has achieved increased high-level management attention on radioactive waste and environmental issues within NGL. This has enabled the corporate centre to work more effectively with the stations, so that the Company has an integrated approach to radioactive waste treatment and disposal options.
SAWM is still developing and there are some areas where it is recognised that improvements are required, e.g. undertaking progress reviews and training.