Office for Nuclear Regulation

Hinkley Point A – Inspection ID: 52757

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection

  • November 2023

Aim of inspection

The aim of the inspection was to conduct a one-day themed inspection relating to the effective management of decommissioning and radioactive waste including a compliance inspection of Licence Conditions (LC) 32, 34 and 35 at the Magnox Ltd Hinkley Point A site.

Subject(s) of inspection

  • LC32 – Accumulation of radioactive waste – Rating: Green
  • LC34 – Leakage and escape of radioactive material and radioactive waste – Rating: Green
  • LC35 – Decommissioning – Rating: Green

Key findings, inspector’s opinions and reasons for judgement made

I carried out a themed Licence Condition (LC)32, LC34 and LC35 inspection at the Magnox Ltd Hinkley Point A site. I reviewed the arrangements for these LCs and was able to establish the “golden thread” in the management system for them. I used a walkdown of the Pre-Conditioning Facility (PCF) to check for compliance against LC34. I inspected waste records and conduct a site walkdown to inspect accumulations for compliance against LC32.  I inspected the Hinkley Point A, Radioactive Waste Management Case and the site’s decommissioning and life-time plans to ensure compliance with LC35.

Conclusion

In my opinion, the Licensee’s arrangements for compliance with LC32, LC34 and LC35 are adequate. I inspected waste records and conducted a site walkdown to inspect accumulations for compliance against LC32 and it was my opinion that adequate arrangements had been made and implemented on the site. My plant walk-down of the Pre-Conditioning Facility demonstrated compliance against LC34. The Hinkley Point A, Radioactive Waste Management Case and the site’s decommissioning and life-time plans were in my opinion compliant with the requirements of LC35.  I therefore concluded that this inspection identified no further matters that may impact significantly on nuclear safety.