Dear Major McNulty,
The full-scale plume and ingestion pathway federally evaluated radiological emergency
preparedness and response exercise held for the Salem Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station
on May 18-20,2010. We identified two issues that will require timely corrective actions and redemonstration.
These issues have been discussed with your REP unit staff at the Participant's
Briefing on May 21, 2010 and a meeting to discuss remediation is scheduled for June 3, 2010.
The first issue concerns the timeliness in developing and issuing a protective action decision to
the public. This was causedby delays in crafting the message, not in actually making an
appropriate decision. The process for preparing and approving messages needs to be streamlined
in the procedures and re-demonstrated at a remedial drill that includes the State EOC, the
Emergency News Center, and Salem and Cumberland Counties.
The second issue is that the New Jersey response organization provided inadequate and
inaccurate information to the public in a Special News Broadcast and several Press Releases that
was not corrected in a timely manner.
Due to the potential negative impact on public health and safety, we have classified these issues
as Deficiencies, the most serious category. FEMA defines a Deficiency as " ... an observed or
identified inadequacy of organizational perfonnance in an exercise that could cause a finding that
offsite emergency preparedness is not adequate to provide reasonable assurance that appropriate
protective measures can be taken in the event of a radiological emergency to protect the health
and safety of the public living in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant." 44 CFR 353, App .A.
'We have notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of these issues on May 21, 2010 as
stipulated in the FEMAINRC Memorandum of Understanding. The issues mustbe addressed and
corrected within 120 days of the date of the exercise, or no later than September 18,2010.
Questions on this matter can be addressed to Rebecca S. Thomson, Technological Hazards
Branch Chief, at 212-680-8509. .
cc; Vanessa Quinn,REP Branch Chief, FEMA HQ
Samuel Collins, Regional Administrator, NRC R. I
SALEM AND HOPE CREEK GENERATING STATIONS: OFFSITE PLANNING DEFICIENCIES IDENTIFIED DURING THE MAY 18, 2010 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE
ADAMS Accession No. ML101740054