LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK TWP. — An “unusual event” was declared by operators of the Salem 2 nuclear reactor here overnight after a leak of low-level radioactive water developed during the testing of an emergency cooling system.
The unusual event was declared at 8:53
p.m. Thursday and ended at 3:39 a.m.
today, according to Joe Delmar,
spokesman for the plant’s operator, PSEG
The water that leaked is low-level
radioactive, but none of the workers
were contaminated. The water was
collected through the floor drain system
and will be processed through the
radioactive waste system at the plant.
Workers were performing a routine
monthly venting of the emergency core
cooling system’s high head safety
injection piping when a leak was
discovered on a valve that had been
opened. It is believed a crack on a weld
on the motorized valve was the cause of