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Site Stakeholder Group Meeting

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

Planned participation in a meeting of the Springfields Site Stakeholder Group.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I presented a précis of my two most recent reports to the Stakeholder Group, covering the periods April to June and July to September.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

The meeting was conducted in the usual open and constructive manner, with a  good range of stakeholders participating in the meeting. 

I addressed some queries on my quarterly reports relating to:  

  1. Some minor shortfalls observed during a reactive site inspection in August,  where I, and an ONR specialist radiological protection inspector, followed up a minor event, where there had been a potential very low internal radiation dose uptake by a plant operator.  I explained how the regulatory advice provided at the end of the inspection had been confirmed in writing to the licensee and how the licensee was responding to the advice within the agreed timescale.
  2. I explained the changes to nuclear site licence conditions 1 and 3, implemented in October and how ONR would now only issue Consent to higher safety category property transactions on licensed sites, which would be more efficient for both licensees and ONR.
  3. The importance of NDA continuing to fund the timely processing of ageing uranic residue materials, exemplified by the leakage of uranium hexafluoride from an ageing cylinder in April, (since washed out, and with a timely process ongoing to decommission the remained of these ageing facilities within a facility on the site).

The meeting also served to facilitate dialogue with the licensee’s EHS&Q Director and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority regarding a range of regulatory matters, in the margins of the meeting.

Conclusion of Intervention

The planned meeting of the Springfields Site Stakeholder Group was conducted in the usual open and constructive manner.  I answered a range of questions on my two most recent quarterly reports to the Stakeholder Group, including an explanation of how a recent site intervention was conducted. This had resulted in me sending a letter, which confirmed the regulatory advice provided at the end of the site intervention.  This enabled the stakeholders to understand how ONR conducts site interventions.