wer Reactor Event Number: 41489

Facility: SALEM

Region: 1

State: NJ

Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]

RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP

NRC Notified By: JEFF ERDMANN

HQ OPS Officer: MIKE RIPLEY

Notification Date: 03/14/2005

Notification Time: 13:38 [ET]

Event Date: 03/14/2005

Event Time: 10:17 [EST]

Last Update Date: 03/14/2005

Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY 10 CFR Section: 50.72(b)(2)(xi) -

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION Person (Organization): LAWRENCE DOERFLEIN (R1) Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode 1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION OF SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE SPILL

The following information was obtained from the licensee via facsimile (licensee text in quotes): "This is a 4-hour notification to report a sodium hypochlorite spill from a pipe flange elbow on the permanent sodium hypochlorite tank to the ground at Salem generating station.

The spill was over an excavation trench that was filled with rain water.

The trench was being pumped to the nearest manhole.

 Maintenance personnel noticed a 2 drops per second sodium hypochlorite leak from the elbow.

The operations shift manager made a 15-minute report to the State of New Jersey to report the spill.

The sodium hypochlorite tank was out of service at the time undergoing corrective maintenance.

The spill has been contained.

Chemistry samples are being taken to determine if any reportable quantities were pumped to the nearest manhole.

There was no effect on plant operation since the tank was out of service.

Actions include follow up samples and if necessary remediation of the ground soil.

There was no one injured during the event." The licensee notified State and local authorities and the NRC Resident Inspector.