Power Reactor

Event Number: 42764

Facility: HOPE CREEK
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: BERNARD LITKETT
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON

Notification Date: 08/11/2006
Notification Time: 13:28 [ET]
Event Date: 08/11/2006
Event Time: 09:55 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 08/11/2006

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

Person (Organization):
JOHN CARUSO (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

INADVERTENT OCA SIREN ACTIVATON

"At 0955 EST, the Security Secondary Alarm Station (SAS) operator, in preparation for activity on the site firing range, proceeded to activate the Owner Control Area (OCA) Public Address system to make a site page announcement informing station personnel of range activity. During this process, the SAS operator inadvertently depressed the OCA Siren pushbutton instead of the Public Address pushbutton activating the onsite emergency sirens. The OCA siren system also activates an automatic prerecorded page address which informs non-essential personnel to evacuate the Owner Controlled Area. Approximately 50 to 75 nonessential personnel left the Salem and Hope Creek site, prior to the siren being secured and a page announcement made informing personnel of the inadvertent siren activation. Due to the common OCA, the inadvertent siren actuation affected both Salem and Hope Creek. The siren activation was inadvertent and there was not an actual event requiring site evacuation. Local, County and State agencies were informed of the inadvertent siren actuation. This event is being reported in accordance with 10CFR50.72(b)(2)(xi), Notification of Other Government Agencies."

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