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Planned interventions with MRF relating to MRF site operations undertaken as part of the planned ONR programme covered by the ONR MRF inspection plan for 2014/15

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

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.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The main interventions undertaken was:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable

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

Site Licence Condition 24 – Operating Instructions - Overall ONR considered that, with respect to the aspects covered in this inspection, the MRF LC24 arrangements were generally adequate with the MRF arrangements meeting the ONR guidance requirements. However MRF accepted that there were a number of gaps in their current arrangements and that individual aspects of their arrangements, although adequate in themselves, were not adequately linked and co-ordinated with other aspects.  MRF also accepted that a number of generic issues relating to site documentation were applicable to the MRF LC24 arrangements. However MRF are fully aware of the various issues and are proactively implementing improvements. MRF accepted a number of actions to rectify a number of specific gaps and inadequacies identified during the inspection.

Annual Review of Safety Meeting – The key discussion points during the meeting included the operational difficulties encountered during 2013, the review of events and the improvements implemented, the improvements implemented relating to Radiological Protection matters on the site, the requirement to improve environmental monitoring and environmental event reporting and the future plans/options for MRF operations. Overall the ONR attendees considered that MRF had adequately reflected highlights and issues arising from 2013 operations and had adequately identified and were progressing work to address the problems encountered. The main ongoing issue raised by MRF was related to their future operational plans and options.

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. The tour of the site undertaken confirmed that MRF has implemented significant improvements across the site to facilitate future site operations and to address waste management issues across the site.

Conclusion of Intervention

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.