Office for Nuclear Regulation

LC 11 Emergency Arrangements Intervention at Urenco UK Limited Capenhurst

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

The purpose was to meet with the licensee’s Emergency Planning Manager to discuss aspects of the proposed revised ‘on site’ Capenhurst Emergency Plan.

Intervention Carried Out by ONR

A planned meeting was held to discuss the licensee’s recent application to ONR for a licence condition 11 ‘Approval’ licence instrument, for the revised ‘on site’ Capenhurst Emergency Plan.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

No safety system inspection was undertaken, hence this was not applicable.

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

I met with the licensee’s Emergency Planning Manager and inspected aspects of the underpinning arrangements, which supported the proposed new ‘on site’ Capenhurst Emergency Plan.  The Capenhurst Emergency Plan had recently completed its planned triennial review by the licensee.

Given that there had previously been shortfalls in the licensee’s implementation of aspects of emergency training, of Auxiliary Fire Fighters, I decided to focus this intervention on an inspection of aspects of the training arrangements and training records, which support the licensee’s emergency planning arrangements, embodied within the Capenhurst Emergency Plan.  A number of aspects of the underpinning arrangements which supported the Capenhurst Emergency plan were inspected, with an acceptable overall outcome at this intervention.  Regulatory advice was provided on some minor shortfalls observed during this intervention, which the licensee agreed to promptly rectify.

Conclusion of Intervention

In my judgement, an intervention rating of “3”, adequate, was considered appropriate for this intervention. Some aspects inspected were of a good practice standard, whereas some other aspects inspected exhibited shortfalls, which the licensee readily agreed to rectify, in response to the regulatory advice provided at this intervention.