United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Event Notification Report for May 17, 2012

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
05/16/2012 - 05/17/2012

** EVENT NUMBERS **


47927 47928

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47927
Facility: PILGRIM
Region: 1 State: MA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: KEN GRACIA
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN SHOEMAKER
Notification Date: 05/16/2012
Notification Time: 21:06 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2012
Event Time: 21:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/16/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GORDON HUNEGS (R1DO)
PATRICK HILAND (NRR)
WILLIAM GOTT (IRD)

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

PRESS RELEASE REGARDING STATUS OF ONGOING LABOR NEGOTIATIONS

"On May 18, 2012, at 2100 [EDT] hours and the reactor at 100% core thermal power the following press release is being issued by Entergy Nuclear regarding the status of the ongoing labor negotiations.

"Plymouth, Mass -- Entergy Nuclear, the owner and operator of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass. said today that the company remains focused squarely on plant safety as a negotiating team works toward a four-year contract with plant workers that reflects the realities of the competitive electric power business and fairly compensates the workforce.
The contract with the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 covers approximately 240 production and maintenance/office technical and professional workers out of a total workforce of about 650 employees at the plant. The contract expired May 15 without final resolution. Plant management directed workers covered by the contract in non-essential positions to remain at home Wednesday with full pay with benefits and insurance pending further progress on the contract. It is not a lockout. The management decision to temporarily limit the workforce at the plant is in the interest of safety.
The company remains prepared to implement contingency plans in the event of a strike by the union members. Those plans assign routine tasks to other pre-qualified workers in roles that ensure continued safe operations.

"The Resident Inspector staff is onsite and has been informed of this press release and notification.

"This notification is being made in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(xi)."

The company feels they have adequate numbers of pre-qualified workers available to fill necessary positions to ensure continued safe operations.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 47928
Facility: SALEM
Region: 1 State: NJ
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP,[2] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: JOHN KONOVALCHICK
HQ OPS Officer: MARK ABRAMOVITZ
Notification Date: 05/17/2012
Notification Time: 01:05 [ET]
Event Date: 05/16/2012
Event Time: 22:10 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/17/2012
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
GORDON HUNEGS (R1DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

STATE NOTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL CHLORINE DISCHARGE TO THE DELAWARE RIVER

"At 2210 [EDT] it was reported to the State of New Jersey that a permitted discharge exceeded Total Residual Chlorine permit level of 0.3 ppm. Actual Total Residual Chlorine discharged was 3.0 ppm. Currently the amount of the discharge is unknown and the event is under investigation. The discharge has been terminated and no personnel injury resulted form this event. The discharge originated from a tank overflow from the Chemical Treatment Building that entered the storm drain system that discharges to the Delaware River via a permitted outfall.

"No safety related equipment was impacted by this event.

"The report to the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection was made in accordance with the Salem Station Spill/Discharge Reporting Plan."

The licensee estimates that the discharge occurred between 2010 and 2135 EDT on 5/16/2012 and that less than 1000 gallons overflowed the clarifier.

The licensee will notify the NRC Resident Inspector and has notified the State and Lower Alloways Creek County.

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