PSEG continues to have problems with their diesel generators - which are vital to keeping the plants running in the case of loss of off-site power.

 Power Reactor |Event Number: 39948 |

 | FACILITY: HOPE CREEK REGION: 1

|NOTIFICATION DATE: 06/18/2003|

 | UNIT: [1] [] [] STATE: NJ |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:27[EDT]| | RXTYPE: [1] GE-4

|EVENT DATE: 06/18/2003| +------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME: 11:44[EDT]|

| NRC NOTIFIED BY: STEVEN NEVELOS

|LAST UPDATE DATE: 06/18/2003|

| HQ OPS OFFICER: STEVE SANDIN +-----------------------------+ +------------------------------------------------+

PERSON ORGANIZATION |

|EMERGENCY CLASS: NON EMERGENCY

|RAYMOND LORSON R1 |

 |10 CFR SECTION: | | |ASHU 50.72(b)(2)(i) PLANT S/D REQD BY TS | | | | | | | | | | | |UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR| INIT RX MODE |CURR PWR| CURR RX MODE | |1 N Y 100 Power Operation |99 Power Operation | | | |

 | | | EVENT TEXT | UNIT COMMENCED A TS REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO AN INOPERABLE EDG | |

| | "This 4-hour report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(i).

A unit | | shutdown was commenced at 11:44 on June 18, 2003 to comply with Hope Creek | | Generating Station Technical Specification (TS) 3.8.1.1 due to the | | inoperability of the 'A' Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG). | |

| | "On June 15, 2003 at 04:35am, an excessive seal leak from the engine driven | | jacket water intercooler pump was identified, rendering the 'A' EDG | | inoperable and warranting entry into ACTION b of TS 3.8.1.1.

That action | | requires the inoperable 'A' EDG to be returned to an operable condition by | | June 18, 2003 at 04:35.

Corrective actions attempted thus far have been | | unsuccessful at eliminating leakage from the 'A' EDG jacket water | | intercooler pump seal.

 Engineering is continuing to evaluate the | | acceptability of the leakage from the seal. | | |

 | "All other safety related equipment is operable." | | | | The Unit is currently at 65% power and anticipates a full shutdown by | | 1600EDT.

The licensee will inform both local agencies and the NRC resident | | inspector. | | | |

* * * UPDATE 1725 EDT on 6/18/03 from Steven Nevelos to Bill Gott * * * | |

| | "UPDATED: As of June 18, 2003 at 16:17, with reactor power at 42%, the unit | | shutdown to comply with TS 3.8.1.1 was terminated.

The 'A' EDG has been | | declared operable but degraded with compensatory actions in place to | | maintain EDG operability.

 Corrective maintenance to repair the machine and | | eliminate the need for compensatory measures will be planned and performed | | in a timely manner." | |

| | The licensee will inform both local agencies and the NRC resident inspector. | | Notified R1DO (Raymond Lorson).