Office for Nuclear Regulation

Torness - LC11 Inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

The purpose of this intervention was to undertake a compliance inspection of Licence Condition 11 (LC11) - Emergency Arrangements, at the EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Torness Power Station.

The intervention was planned in accordance with ONR’s Torness Integrated Intervention Strategy (IIS) for 2018/19 and the common approach that ONR is taking to inspection of the Operating Reactor Fleet.

A number of other regulatory interactions by the Site Inspector are also record here these include familiarisation meetings with the performance Improvement team and a quarterly review of outstanding ONR regulatory issues.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I the nominated site inspector carried out the LC11 inspection with reference to an Emergency Preparedness and Response Capability Map (EPRCM). This is a framework used to evaluate emergency planning and response in the context of seven subject areas. ONR aims to evaluate all areas of the EPRCM on each operating reactor site during a five year cycle.  

A specialist inspector in Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R), supported by the Torness Nominated Site Inspector sampled a subset of the questions identified within the EPRCM, in this case the EP&R inspector examined the resources and capability for EP&R at the Station, and the arrangements used to anticipate the range of potential events that should be planned for.

The intervention comprised plant tours, interviews, meetings and review of documents provided as evidence in the updated EPRCM.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

Not applicable - no system based inspections were performed during this intervention.

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

On the basis of the sample we found that the Licensee was able to demonstrate adequate compliance with LC11 and we rated the inspection ‘Green - no formal action’.

Conclusion of Intervention

The inspection findings were presented to the Torness Technical and Safety Support Manager, Head of Quality and Emergency Preparedness Engineer at the close of the inspection.  The inspection team did not identify any gaps to legal compliance; however we raised one minor regulatory issue concerning the development of exercise scenarios, and a number of actions to provide further clarification. An existing regulatory issue relating to emergency response improvements remains open.

There were no findings from this inspection that could significantly undermine emergency preparedness and response, or which would result in changes to the planned interventions and inspections of Torness Power Station.