This report covers a number of interventions with the Studsvik Metals Recycling Facility (MRF), relating to MRF operations which, which were undertaken as part of the planned ONR MRF inspection programme for 2014/15.
The main intervention undertaken was:
During the visit a number of other interventions/discussions were undertaken including:
Site Licence Condition 32 - Accumulation of Radioactive waste - This inspection was planned to ascertain whether the waste management improvements initiated by MRF following the recent operational difficulties, and following the 2013 "Consignment of containers", event had now been fully implemented. This inspection follows on from a previous inspection carried out in Feb 2014 and the ongoing MRF/ONR/EA discussions on waste storage issues on the MRF site. Overall from the review of relevant documentation, an inspection tour of the facility and the associated discussions it was considered that the initiatives that had recently been implemented in the waste management and control systems on the MRF site had resulted in improvements in how material is received, processed, stored and consigned at MRF. However there still remain a number of problems which MRF has to fully address to prevent future accumulation of material on the site and to allow the facility to operate in a more efficient manner. The accumulation of material on the MRF site remains a fundamental issue for operations on the site and thus the issue will remain the focus of future ONR interactions with the site in future months.
Other interventions - It is considered that the various interventions undertaken did not raise any significant new issues or concerns. However a number of actions were placed on MRF to progress and several topics will be followed up in future site visits/ discussions with MRF staff.
Other than the items outlined in the previous section no other matters were raised during the interventions covered by this report which were considered to require any immediate additional regulatory action