Office for Nuclear Regulation

Releases of information

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Following a number of requests for information on incidents, ONR has published a list of events reported to the Nuclear Safety Regulator. This is available via the corporate publications webpage.

FOI releases - 2022

Reference Request
202205005 Dealing with vexatious requests
202203063 Annual gender pay gap report
202203062 Sizewell a – cooling pond recirculation pipe failure incident of 7 January 2007
202202057 Devonshire Dock Complex, Barrow
202202056 Springfields Nuclear Fuels
202202055 Quarterly Local Liaison Committee / Site Stakeholder Group reports for Sizewell B
202202053 Chapelcross decommissioning
202202052 Sizewell C Nuclear Site Licence Application
202202050 Payments made to charities and third sector organisations
202201049 PHE Assessment of the Documentation and Measurements Submitted in Support of the RSRL Harwell Delicensing B353 Area
202201047 Hinkley Point B gas plant incident 2009
202201046 Losses and special payments information
202201045 ONR Technical Service Framework 2018-2022
202201044 Reports directly relating to the observation and assessment of the annual demonstration exercises at BAE Systems Marine Limited, since 2010
202112043 Inspections carried out by ONR from 2018
202112041 NS-TAST-GD-082 - The Technical Assessment of REPPIR Submissions
202112038 Data relating to the use of biodiesel fuel for Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) systems
202112037 Sellafield Fire on October 22nd 2021
202112003 Potential generic fault in the design of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) EPR nuclear reactor

Compliance statistics

2021/22

Information Requests Summary 2021/22

Type 2021/22
FOI 63
EIR 3
Internal Review 4
ICO Referrals 1
Total 71

FOI/EIR 2021/22

Type Total
Number  66
Extended to consider the PIT  5
Refinement / Clarification Required 8
Processed in full  64
Met statutory deadline 63
Withdrawn 0
Longer than statutory deadline 0
Information granted in full 21
Information refused in full 6
Information granted in part & refused in part 19
Information not held by ONR 17
Exemptions used 21
Exceptions used 3
Referred for internal review  4
The outcome of the internal review - decision fully upheld 3
The outcome of the internal review - decision partially upheld 0
Outcome of the internal review - withdrawn 1
Referred to the ICO 1
The decision from the ICO upholding original decision 0

Exemptions used for information refused - Section 2021/22

Type Total
8 - Valid request 1
12 - Cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit 2
21 - Information reasonably accessible by other means 5
22 - Future publication 0
22A - Future publication and research 0
23 - Security bodies 0
24 - Safeguarding national security 3
26 - Defence 1
27 - International relations 0
28 - Relations within the UK 0
29 - The economy 0
30 - Investigations and proceedings 1
31 - Law enforcement 0
32 - Court, inquiry or arbitration records 0
33 - Public audit functions 0
34 - Parliamentary privilege 0
35 - Government policy 0
36 - Prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs 0
37 - Communications with Her Majesty  0
38 - Health and safety 0
39 - The exemption for environmental information 0
40 - Personal information 15
41 - Information provided in confidence 1
42 - Legal professional privilege 0
43 - Commercial Interests 2
44 - Prohibitions on disclosure 0

Exceptions used for info witheld - Reg. 2021/22

Type Total
12 (4) (a) – The information is not held 2
12 (4) (b) – Manifestly unreasonable requests 0
12 (4) (c) – Too general a manner 0
12 (4) (d) – Material in the course of completion 0
12 (4) (e) – Internal Communications 0
12 (5) (a) – Defence, national security, public safety 0
12 (5) (b) – The course of justice and inquiries  0
12 (5) (c) – Intellectual property rights 0
12 (5) (d) – Confidentiality of proceedings 0
12 (5) (e) – Commercial or industrial confidentiality 0
12 (5) (f) – Interests of the information provider 0
12 (5) (g) – Protection of the environment 0
13 – Personal information 1

Lead Area within ONR 2021/22

Area Total
Chief Nuclear Inspector 0
Civil nuclear security and safeguards Division 5
Finance Directorate 8
Governence and Executive Support Office 0
Human Resources Directorate 6
Information and Technology Function 2
New reactors Division 3
Operating facilities Division 12
Policy & Communications Directorate 4
Sellafield, Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste Division 11
Technical Division 13

Comments

*Two FOIs were paused in March 2022 for refinement due to agregation of several similar requests.
** One FOI response issued late due to the volume of information in scope of the request.
*** ICO referral notification received for FOI response issued in March 2022. Decision pending. 

2020/21

Information Requests Summary 2020/21

Type 2020/21
FOI 74
EIR 2
Internal Review 4
ICO Referrals 1
Total 81

FOI/EIR 2020/21

Type Total
Number  76
Extended to consider the PIT  10
Refinement / Clarification Required 7
Processed in full  75
Met statutory deadline 72
Withdrawn 1
Longer than statutory deadline 3
Information granted in full 27
Information refused in full 11
Information granted in part & refused in part 18
Information not held by ONR 17
Exemptions used 30
Referred for internal review  4
The outcome of the internal review - decision fully upheld 2
The outcome of the internal review - decision partially upheld 2
Referred to the ICO 1
The decision from the ICO upholding original decision 0

Exemptions used for information refused - Section 2020/21

Type Total
12 - Cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit 2
21 - Information reasonably accessible by other means 8
22 - Future publication 2
22A - Future publication and research 0
23 - Security bodies 0
24 - Safeguarding national security 5
26 - Defence 0
27 - International relations 0
28 - Relations within the UK 0
29 - The economy 0
30 - Investigations and proceedings 0
31 - Law enforcement 0
32 - Court, inquiry or arbitration records 0
33 - Public audit functions 0
34 - Parliamentary privilege 0
35 - Government policy 0
36 - Prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs 2
37 - Communications with Her Majesty  0
38 - Health and safety 0
39 - The exemption for environmental information 0
40 - Personal information 15
41 - Information provided in confidence 2
42 - Legal professional privilege 0
43 - Commercial Interests 4
44 - Prohibitions on disclosure 1

Exceptions used for info witheld - Reg. 2020/21

Type Total
12 (4) (a) – The information is not held 0
12 (4) (b) – Manifestly unreasonable requests 0
12 (4) (c) – Too general a manner 0
12 (4) (d) – Material in the course of completion 0
12 (4) (e) – Internal Communications 0
12 (5) (a) – Defence, national security, public safety 0
12 (5) (b) – The course of justice and inquiries  0
12 (5) (c) – Intellectual property rights 0
12 (5) (d) – Confidentiality of proceedings 0
12 (5) (e) – Commercial or industrial confidentiality 0
12 (5) (f) – Interests of the information provider 0
12 (5) (g) – Protection of the environment 0
13 – Personal information 0

Lead Area within ONR 2020/21

Area Total
Chief Nuclear Inspector 4
Civil nuclear security and safeguards Division 1
Finance Directorate 10
Governence and Executive Office 2
Human Resources Directorate 1
Information and Technology Function 7
New reactors Division 11
Operating facilities Division 11
Policy & Communications Directorate 8
Sellafield, Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste Division 7
Technical Division 13

Comments

* Covid-19 has impacted the processing of one FOI and Internal Review of subsequesnt FOI due to the need to retrieve documents from the national archives, scan numerous historic documents to convert from paper to pdf, undertake 3rd party consultation and prepare redacted documents for release. This FOI and IR has been extended in line with ICO guidance. 

2019/20

Information Requests Summary 2019/20

Type 2019/20
FOI 86
EIR 0
Internal Review 3
ICO Referrals 1
Total 90

FOI 2019/20

Type Total
Number  86
Extended to consider the PIT  5
Refinement / Clarification Required 11
Processed in full  82
Met statutory deadline 86
Longer than statutory deadline 0
Information granted in full 19
Information refused in full 14
Information granted in part & refused in part 21
Information not held by ONR 24
Exemptions used 35
Referred for internal review  4
The outcome of the internal review - decision upheld 4
Referred to the ICO 1
The decision from the ICO upholding original decision 1

Exemptions - Section 2019/20

Type Total
12 - Cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit 6
21 - Information reasonably accessible by other means 1
22 - Future publication 3
24 - Safeguarding national security 10
27 - International relations 2
31 - Law enforcement 1
36 - Prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs 1
40 - Personal information 20
41 - Information provided in confidence 2
43 - Commercial Interests 2

Exceptions used for info witheld - Reg. 2019/20

Type Total
12 (4) (a) – The information is not held 0
12 (4) (b) – Manifestly unreasonable requests 0
12 (4) (c) – Too general a manner 0
12 (4) (d) – Material in the course of completion 0
12 (4) (e) – Internal Communications 0
12 (5) (a) – Defence, national security, public safety 0
12 (5) (b) – The course of justice and inquiries  0
12 (5) (c) – Intellectual property rights 0
12 (5) (d) – Confidentiality of proceedings 0
12 (5) (e) – Commercial or industrial confidentiality 0
12 (5) (f) – Interests of the information provider 0
12 (5) (g) – Protection of the environment 0
13 – Personal information 0

Lead Area within ONR 2019/20

Area Total
Chief Executive 0
Chief Nuclear Inspector 1
Civil nuclear security and safeguards Division 1
Finance Directorate 3
Governence and Executive Office 2
Human Resources Directorate 1
Information and Technology Function 5
New reactors Division 6
Operating facilities Division 8
Policy & Communications Directorate 4
Sellafield, Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste Division 2
Technical Division 9

Historic compliance statistics

For statistics on previous years, please see our Annual Report and Accounts.

ICO Decision Notices

ICO Complaints – withdrawn

14 April 2021 – Flood risks at Rolls-Royce Raynesway site - In relation to the original FOI response issued on 20 March 2020 - FOI202002075 Flood risks at Rolls-Royce Raynesway site