Nuclear Site Licence Granted to Tradebe Inutec for Dorset Facility

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Completing the signing of the site licence at the ONR office in Cheltenham. (Left to Right: Dr Paul Jenneson (ONR Site Safety Inspector), Mark Foy (ONR Chief Nuclear Inspector), Denise Cárdenas (Tradebe Inutec, Security Safety Health Environment and Quality Manager), Brian Mulholland (Tradebe Director debe Treatment, Incineration & Recovery)).


Winfrith and Cheltenham, 11th February 2019: The Chief Nuclear Inspector, Mark Foy, has granted a new nuclear site licence to Inutec Limited (who trade as Tradebe Inutec) who occupy part of the Magnox Limited Winfrith nuclear site in Dorset. This is the first licence granted by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to an operating facility in 15 years.  The new nuclear site licence will come into force today (11th February 2019).

The need for the new licence arose following Tradebe Inutec’s acquisition of buildings and land at the Winfrith site from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) in February 2019. Up until this point, Tradebe Inutec had been operating as a tenant of Magnox Limited under their nuclear site licence but are committed to continuing their operations beyond the time when Magnox Limited will end their operations and delicence the Magnox Limited Winfrith site.



The existing Magnox Limited Winfrith licence has also been revoked and re-licenced today to account for the changes on the Winfrith site.

Tradebe Inutec‘s application for a new licence, submitted in April 2016, was the subject of comprehensive assessments by ONR.

The degree of ONR assessment was proportionate to the scope of Tradebe Inutec‘s operations and in line with ONR’s published guidance.  It focused on those areas where responsibilities are changing and those which are judged to be important for nuclear safety.

Denise Cardenas, SSHEQ Director at Tradebe Inutec said: “We are absolutely delighted that our nuclear site licence has today been granted for our Winfrith Site in Dorset.  We’ve been working for many months with the ONR, EA, NDA, Magnox Limited and local stakeholders to put into place the arrangements for us to acquire the land at Winfrith and to achieve stand-alone nuclear site licensee status. 

“The nuclear site licence enables us to press ahead at pace with our plans to develop our workforce, skills and capability to create a UK centre of excellence for specialist nuclear waste management, supporting the UK’s nuclear decommissioning mission and delivering value for our customers.  The site licence will provide a sustainable future for Tradebe Inutec and highly skilled jobs within the local community.

“We are looking forward to the future and to continuing to build on our partnerships with local stakeholders around the site, our regulators and the broader nuclear industry.”

Inutec Limited’s nuclear licenced site will now fall under ONR’s regulatory regime and be subject to regular inspections by a team of ONR inspectors.

Notes to Editors:

Tradebe Inutec

Tradebe Inutec is a subsidiary of Tradebe, an international leader in waste reclamation and recycling solutions. In the UK, Tradebe manages and operates 22 hazardous waste management sites including five COMAH sites. Tradebe Inutec has been providing solutions for the treatment of radioactive waste for over 30 years. Its site at Winfrith, Dorset, provides access to the widest range of Low-Level Waste (LLW) and Borderline Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) treatment services in the industry.  Tradebe Inutec has a proven safety track record and is a holder of a RoSPA Order of Distinction.

Tradebe is a leading, global company in the environmental sector serving various markets including industrial, manufacturing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, etc. We offer our services in Europe (UK, Spain and France and Germany), the US and the Middle East. Tradebe employs around 2,500 people worldwide and operates close to 80 facilities across Spain (31), United Kingdom (22), United States (22), France (2), the Middle East, Oman (1) and Germany (1).

Office for Nuclear Regulation

The Office for Nuclear Regulation is responsible for regulation of nuclear safety and security across the UK. Our mission is to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry, holding it to account on behalf of the public.


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