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Event Notification Report for May 12, 2009

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45055

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Power Reactor Event Number: 45055
Facility: HATCH
Region: 2 State: GA
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4,[2] GE-4
NRC Notified By: EDWEN URQUHART
HQ OPS Officer: JOHN KNOKE
Notification Date: 05/11/2009
Notification Time: 17:11 [ET]
Event Date: 05/11/2009
Event Time: 16:00 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 05/11/2009
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION
Person (Organization):
EUGENE GUTHRIE (R2DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown
2 N N 0 Cold Shutdown 0 Cold Shutdown

Event Text

OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER

"[The licensee was] Notified by chemistry, that while performing [the procedure for monitoring] the annual releases via unplanned routes for gamma sampling for groundwater well P17B, which is located near the southeast corner of the Diesel Generator (DG) building, a strong diesel / fuel oil odor in the groundwater being collected was detected by the sampling technician. In addition to the strong petroleum odor, the groundwater from the well had a reddish tint. This color is indicative of the red dye used to identify off-road diesel.

"The P17B is normally sampled annually for tritium and gamma. The last sample from this well was taken in January 2009 for the tritium sample surveillance.

"Southern Nuclear Company (SNC) Corporate Environmental Affairs was contacted to make the appropriate communications. Environmental Affairs has contacted the National Response Center.

"[The licensee's] Plans are to excavate in the area of well P17B to determine potential source of fuel oil to [the] ground water well."

The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

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