>|Power Reactor |Event Number: 39566 | >| 

FACILITY: SALEM REGION: 1 

|NOTIFICATION DATE: 02/06/2003| >| UNIT: [1] [] [] STATE: NJ |NOTIFICATION TIME: 13:03[EST]| >| RXTYPE: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP |EVENT DATE: 02/06/2003| >+------------------------------------------------+EVENT TIME: 09:45[EST]| >| NRC NOTIFIED BY: JOHN KONOVALCHICK |

LAST UPDATE DATE: 07/25/2003| >| HQ OPS OFFICER: STEVE SANDIN +-----------------------------+ >+------------------------------------------------+PERSON ORGANIZATION | >|EMERGENCY CLASS: NON EMERGENCY |JAMES NOGGLE R1 | >|10 CFR SECTION: |TERRY REIS NRR | >|APRE 50.72(b)(2)(xi) OFFSITE NOTIFICATION |

| >|UNIT |SCRAM CODE|RX CRIT|INIT PWR| INIT RX MODE |CURR PWR| CURR RX MODE | >|

1 N Y 100 Power Operation |100 Power Operation | >| | | >| | | >

 EVENT TEXT >

| OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES REGARDING TRITIUM SPILL | >|

 | >| "Notification was made to the state of New Jersey to report a spill of | >|

 radioactive material, specifically, tritium at a concentration of 6.92 E-5 | >| microcuries/ml.

 The material is presently contained on the property of | >| Salem Generating Station and was discovered at 0945 on February 6, 2003. | >|

| >| "Soil samples obtained at a depth of 20 feet from 2 monitoring wells | >| indicates the presence of tritium.

 The monitoring wells are adjacent to | >| Salem Unit 1 and within the protected area.

 We recently sampled all | >| domestic water supplies and the results were negative.

There is no | >| indication of any offsite release, there is no threat to the public or | >| company employees.

We cannot determine at this time if this is an existing | >| or historic condition.

We are continuing with additional analysis to | >| determine the source and extent of the condition." | >|

| >| The licensee informed state agencies and the NRC resident inspector and will | >| inform the local agency of LAC. | >| | >| | >| * * *

 UPDATE ON 07/25/03 @ 1553 BY RUDOLPH CHAN TO CHAUNCEY GOULD * * * | >|

| >| On July 25, 2003, PSEG made an update notification to the New Jersey | >| Department of Environmental Protection on the results of PSEG's ongoing | >| remediation work investigation plan for the previously reported tritium | >| spill.

 The update stated that additional samples from test wells have | >| identified presence of tritium at levels above background.

Specifically, | >| sample results obtained from a new well placed as part of the ongoing | >| investigation indicated a tritium concentration of 3.5 E-3 | >| microcuries/milliliter.

 Additionally, a sample from an existing well | >| indicated a result of 1.25 E-4 microcuries/milliliter, which was higher than | >| previously observed at this location although from a different type of | >| well.

Gamma scans of samples from both locations detected no other | >| radionuclides.

There is no indication of any offsite release and there is | >| no threat to the public or company employees.

We cannot determine at this | >| time if this is an existing or historic condition.

 We are reviewing the | >| situation with our expert panel to determine the proper location for | >| additional test wells to determine the source and extent of the condition. | >| | >|

The NRC resident and regional inspectors have been made aware of the test | >| results. | >| | >|

 The NRC REG1 RDO (Daniel Holody) was informed.