Office for Nuclear Regulation

ONR safeguards remote accountancy inspection

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This Intervention Record (IR) details the planned nuclear safeguards accountancy focussed compliance inspection at Springfields Fuels Limited (SFL). This inspection focussed on the Material Balance Area (MBA) QBSP, as defined in the Basic Technical Characteristics (BTC) for the Qualifying Nuclear Facility (QNF), which primarily consists of the Oxide Fuel Complex.

The purpose of this inspection was to seek evidence in support of ONR forming regulatory judgements of SFL’s compliance against the following Regulations in NSR19:

This intervention was undertaken remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

I conducted a remote nuclear safeguards accountancy focussed compliance inspection at SFL from 29 March to 31 March inclusive. This inspection focussed on SFL’s accountancy arrangements and their implementation for the MBA QBSP. There was no on-site attendance by ONR inspectors.

The intervention was performed in line with ONR's guidance requirements (as described in our technical inspection guides) in the areas inspected.

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

No significant or minor shortfalls in compliance against NSR19 were identified during this intervention.

Based on the sample I inspected during this intervention I judge SFL demonstrated their implementation of their arrangements to be in-line with my regulatory expectations, compliant with NSR19 and also demonstrated numerous good practices. I am satisfied that SFL are compliant with NSR19 Regulations 6, 10, 11 and 12.

I made a number of observations relating to good practice as well as identifying several areas for improvement. These were fed back to the operator at the conclusion of the inspection:

Conclusion of Intervention

Based on the sample I inspected during the intervention, I am satisfied that SFL are implementing their arrangements for accountancy and control of QNM in-line with my regulatory expectations and are compliant with NSR19 Regulations 6, 10, 11 and 12.  I judge that the sampled accountancy reports previously submitted to ONR, the sampled accounting records, and associated operating records for both, were correct and complete. I did not identify any significant or minor shortfalls, but did make some observations of good practice and areas for improvement relating to good practice.

Upon consideration of the ONR guidance on inspection ratings I judge that a rating of GREEN (no formal action) is appropriate.