Office for Nuclear Regulation

Planned Interventions with MRF relating to MRF Site Operations undertaken as part of the Planned ONR Programme covered by the ONR MRF Inspection Plan for 2015

Executive summary

Purpose of intervention

This report covers a number of interventions with the Studsvik Metals Recycling Facility (MRF), relating to MRF operations which, which were undertaken as part of the planned ONR MRF inspection programme for 2015/16

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The main interventions undertaken was:

During the visit a number of other interventions/discussions were undertaken including:

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable

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

LC36 “Organisational Capability” Inspection - Overall, the ONR Site Inspector considered that, with respect to the aspects covered in this inspection the MRF arrangements were generally adequate with the MRF arrangements meeting the ONR guidance requirements. All the points and issues raised during the inspection were fully accepted by MRF and indeed in many cases work to address the issues was already being undertaken by MRF. Areas noted as requiring further consideration by MRF included the change proposal assessment process, the proposal categorisation process and processes for tracking actions arising from the implementation of proposals. The ONR Site Inspector will undertake a follow up inspection later in the 2015/16 planning year to review how MRF have progressed the work to address the issues and actions raised.

Waste/Material storage - A tour of the facility was undertaken and it was evident that MRF had continued to make significant progress in removing from site significant amounts of material and waste.  The work to improve/clear out the MRF Annex storage area has also now commenced. Although progress in removing material and waste from the site has been hindered in recent weeks due to the MRF self-imposed embargo following the recent “container consignment” event MRF are confident that further improvements will be made in the next few weeks as the embargo restrictions are progressively removed. The ONR Site Inspector will continue monitor the MRF work associated with the outside areas and Annex material storage improvements during future site visits.

Other interventions - It is considered that the various interventions undertaken did not raise any significant new issues or concerns. However a number of actions were placed on MRF to progress and several topics will be followed up in future site visits/ discussions with MRF staff.  

Conclusion of Intervention

Other than the items outlined in the previous section no other matters were raised during the interventions covered by this report which were considered to require any immediate additional regulatory action.