Power Reactor Event Number: 41245

Facility: SALEM Region: 1

State: NJ

Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]

RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP NRC Notified By: ERIC POWELL HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN

 Notification Date: 12/05/2004 Notification Time: 15:54 [ET]

Event Date: 12/05/2004 Event Time: 10:15 [EST] Last Update Date: 12/05/2004

Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY 10 CFR Section: 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL Person (Organization): JAMES TRAPP (R1) Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode 1 N N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot


"This is an 8-hour notification being made to report exceeding the design basis for the reactor coolant leakage outside of containment.

The event is being reported under paragraph (b)(3)(v) of 10CFR50.72. "On 12/05/04 at 1015 the control room was notified of leakage from a gasketed flange area on the 11 Residual Heat Removal Heat Exchanger.

 The leak rate has been conservatively quantified at 0.68 gpm, which is greater than the UFSAR limit of 2100 cc/hr (0.009 gpm) for ECCS leakage outside containment.

 "With leakage greater than the UFSAR allowed limits, GDC-19 limits for control room habitability cannot be assured. Actions are in progress to torque the flange bolts to reduce the leakage.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident inspector of this event.

"Salem Unit One is in Mode 4 with the Residual Heat Removal system in service removing reactor decay heat.

No ECCS system actuations occurred. No one was injured as a result of the leak."