Power Reactor

Event Number: 42659

Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: PAUL ABBOTT
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ

Notification Date: 06/21/2006
Notification Time: 20:50 [ET]
Event Date: 06/21/2006
Event Time: 17:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/21/2006

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

Person (Organization):
MARVIN SYKES (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

CHEMICAL SPILL TO THE DELAWARE RIVER

"A notification was made to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection of a discharge of approximately 6-10 gallons of Sodium Hypochlorite with a 15% chlorine concentration. The discharge occurred while returning the chlorination system to service following maintenance. The solution was discharged into the intake bay of an out-of-service circulating water pump that communicates with the Delaware River. A portable screen wash pump, that takes a suction on that bay, transported the chlorine to the intake pump traveling water screens and discharged to the Delaware River via the screen debris trough. Neither of these locations are New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection permitted outfalls.

"There was no out-of-service safety related equipment that contributed to this event. No one was injured as a result of this event."

This event was caused when a floor drain plug was knocked loose during maintenance. This plug is being replaced. 8-10 fish were killed in the trough.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.