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Salem Unit 2

Salem, New Jersey
Local population: 71,595 (10-mile radius)


Pressurized Water Reactor


Licensed to operate from 05/20/81-04/18/40


PSEG Nuclear

Safety Issues:

Flooding Hazard, Groundwater Leaks Reported, Heightened NRC Attention, Year Plus Outages

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Related Links & Documents

09/18/2006   UCS documented the factors leading to the year-plus reactor outage that began in June 1995 in this case study for our Walking a Nuclear Tightrope report.  See details | Download the pdf (1.5 kb)

03/07/2005   UCS on behalf of UNPLUG Salem commented to the NRC that the proposed amendment to the operating license "cherry picked" pieces from the Improved Technical Specifications contrary to generally accepted industry practice. Download the pdf

01/28/2005   UCS asked the NRC if recent management changes at the plant had conformed with changes made in 2004 to guard against retaliation against workers raising safety concerns. Download the pdf

02/02/2004   UCS commended the NRC for taking steps to address apparent safety culture problems at the Hope Creek and Salem nuclear plants.  Download the pdf

08/1995   Fission Stories #83 described the nuclear Catch-22 that developed when it was discovered that the filters for the control room ventilation system had not been tested for 988 hours, apparently violating regulatory requirement that they be tested after 750 hours of operation. (Hint: 988 hours is after 750 hours, or is it?)

12/13/1992   Fission Stories #132 described how operators misled NRC inspectors looking into a problem with control room devices that failed to sound audible alarms as required.