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 2015/16

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

ONR Systems Inspection – Emergency Arrangements Equipment - Overall, the ONR Site Inspector considered that the arrangements for the management of emergency facilities and equipment required improvement and were below standard. However MRF were fully aware of the issues and concerns raised by this inspection and their own inspection and actions have been taken to address the identified problems.  The adequacy of the MRF emergency facilities and equipment will be further reviewed as part of the ONR consideration of the MRF Level 1 Demonstration Exercise planned for September 30. 

Emergency Arrangements and Emergency Exercises Discussion – The ONR Site Inspector considered that MRF had made significant progress in their programme of work to improve the MRF emergency arrangements and to develop arrangements that are “fit for purpose” in relation to the hazards arising from operations on the MRF site. The recent work undertaken by MRF to increase the number of staff in the MRF Emergency Response teams is also adjudged to be a positive move to improve the sustainability and resilience of the MRF Emergency Arrangements. MRF has indicated that the revised MRF Emergency Arrangements will be implemented by December and ONR will plan to carry out an inspection of the revised arrangements during 2016.

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