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Quarterly site report for Studsvik Metals Recycling Facility site

1 January 2012 to 31 March 2012

Foreword

This report is issued as part of the Office for Nuclear Regulations (ONR) commitment to make information about inspection and regulatory activities relating to Studsvik Metals Recycling Facility (MRF) site available to the public. Reports are distributed quarterly to members of the West Cumbria Site Stakeholder Group (WCSSG) and are also available on the ONR website.

Site inspectors from ONR usually attend WCSSG and will respond to any questions raised there by the members of the group. Any other person wishing to inquire about matters covered by this report should contact ONR.

Email: ONRenquiries@onr.gov.uk
Post: Office for Nuclear Regulation
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Bootle
Merseyside
L20 7HS

Inspections

The ONR Site Inspector made inspections on the following dates during the quarter:

Routine matters

Inspections at Studsvik MRF site

Inspections are undertaken as part of the process for monitoring compliance with:

  1. the conditions attached by HSE / ONR to the nuclear site licence;
  2. the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HSWA) 1974; and
  3. regulations made under the HSWA (for example the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999).

This entails monitoring licensees actions on the site in relation to incidents, operations, maintenance, projects, modifications, safety case changes and any other matters which may affect safety. The licensees/operators are required to make and implement adequate arrangements under the conditions attached to the licence in order to ensure legal compliance. Inspections seek to judge both the adequacy of these arrangements and their implementation. In this period routine inspection of site covered:

During this reporting period, the nominated site inspector carried out planned compliance inspections against Licence Condition (LC) 25 Operational Records and LC15 Periodic review. The site inspector also undertook some generic meetings and conducted a facility inspection with Studsvik MRF management and safety representatives.

In general the arrangements made and implemented by the site in response to safety requirements were deemed to be adequate in the areas inspected for the current phase of plant operations. Where improvements were considered necessary, satisfactory commitments to address the issues were made by the licensee, and the site inspector will monitor progress during future visits.

Non-routine matters

Licensees are required to have arrangements in place to respond to non-routine matters and events. ONR inspectors judge the adequacy of the licensees response, including actions taken to implement any necessary improvements.

There were no matters of note to report.

Regulatory activity

Under health and safety legislation, ONR site inspectors, and other HSE inspectors, may issue formal documents to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Under nuclear site licence conditions, ONR issues regulatory documents, which either permit an activity or require some form of action to be taken; these are usually collectively termed licence instruments (LIs), but can take other forms. In addition, inspectors may issue enforcement notices to secure improvements to safety.

Reports detailing the above regulatory decisions can be found on the ONR website.

No Licence Instruments were issued in the period under report.

News from ONR

Insight into more of ONR's work as an independent regulator of the nuclear industry can be found in ONR's Quarterly News.

The online publication reports on key themes and developments in each of the regulatory programmes of work and provides an update on ongoing changes at ONR as it progresses toward becoming an independent statutory corporation.

Regular news and updates are available on the ONR website, together with information about our people, sites that we regulate and the work that we do, as well as key guidance and resources.