I participated in a quarterly regulatory review meeting, between the licensee and the regulators, as part of the 2014/15 ONR intervention plan for the Urenco UK Limited Capenhurst site.
I reviewed the licensee’s nuclear safety performance metrics, recent incidents on the site, disposals of radioactive waste and provided regulatory advice across a range of topics of regulatory interest.
The licensee reported generally acceptable key safety performance indicators, including a number of indicators of nuclear and radiological safety, which were being effectively monitored and addressed by the licensee where enhanced attention was warranted. I was content with the licensee’s overall approach to addressing aspects of nuclear safety.
The licensee promptly reported some recent incidents on the licensed site, including a further RIDDOR event on the Tails Management Facility (TMF) construction site, which had been promptly commissioned by ONR for investigation by construction safety specialist inspectors.
The licensee reported broadly acceptable progress with decommissioning and hazard reduction projects on the site, although solid radioactive waste disposals from the Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited tenant part of the site were yet to be restarted.
This constructive forum provided a useful means for the regulators to review a broad range of topics of regulatory interest and to provide timely regulatory advice to the licensee.
I concluded that this meeting provided good visibility to the regulators of a broad range of topics of regulatory interest. Viewed overall, acceptable progress was being maintained on matters of nuclear and radiological safety. An inspection rating of “3”, adequate, was warranted for the topics addressed during this intervention.