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Planned Compliance Intervention to inspect the implementation of aspects of the licensee's Emergency Arrangements

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

A planned compliance intervention, primarily to inspect the implementation of aspects of the licensee’s (licence condition 11 and REPPIR) emergency arrangements.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I met with the Emergency Planning Manager, to review aspects of the licensee’s emergency arrangements and provided regulatory advice across a range of emergency planning and emergency arrangements topics.

I discussed the proposed scope of the licensee’s forthcoming Level One emergency exercise, agreeing the key elements to be demonstrated to ONR by the licensee at this observed exercise. A range of other ‘on site’ and ‘off site’ emergency planning matters were discussed, where I provided regulatory advice on a number of topics.

I also met with the Managing Director of Urenco UK Limited to discuss the delayed periodically reviewed safety case production and implementation programme.

I then met with the Managing Director of Capenhurst Nuclear Services Limited, (CNS),  (a tenant organisation on the Urenco UK Limited licensed site) to discuss the forthcoming consultation by the Ministry of Defence, (MOD) regarding the potential participation by CNS in the proposed Submarine Dismantling Project.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable.

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

In my judgement, I concluded that the licensee was very receptive to the regulatory advice which I provided, encompassing a number of emergency arrangements topics, including good practice which I had observed at another licensee.   

The licensee proposed a suitably challenging scenario and scope for the forthcoming Level One emergency exercise, to be observed by a team of regulators. The details of this exercise are now to be promptly finalised by the licensee and then presented to me for final agreement.

The licensee had consulted appropriately in the drafting of the revised ‘on site’ emergency plan, which was due to be presented to ONR, for approval in compliance with licence condition 11 emergency arrangements, in the near future.

Conclusions of Intervention

On balance, I concluded that the licensee’s implementation of aspects of the licence condition 11 emergency arrangements inspected during this intervention was adequate.  I also concluded that the brief meetings with the two Managing Directors did not warrant inspection ratings.