The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has called for comments in preparation for a letter to nuclear power plants.
The deadline for final reporting (under oath) as to y2k compliance is July 1, 1999. That presumably means compliance, not pre-testing implementation.
Nuclear power accounts for about 20% of the nation's electrical power.
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January 28, 1998
NRC SEEKS INFORMATION ON 'YEAR 2000' READINESS OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT COMPUTER SYSTEMS; ASKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED LETTER TO LICENSEES
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is proposing to send a letter to all licensed utilities with operational nuclear power plants, requiring that they inform the NRC of steps they have taken or will take to assure their computers have no problems adjusting to the year 2000. . . .
Thus far, NRC has no information that such computer-related problems exist with safety-related systems in nuclear power plants. But "Year 2000" problems have been found in non-safety, but nevertheless important, computer-based applications such as security computers, control room display systems, inventory control, engineering programs, control systems, radiation monitoring, and emergency response.
The proposed letter to nuclear power plant licensees would require a response, under oath or affirmation, no later than July 1, 1999, confirming that their facility computer systems are suitable for use at least into the year 2000 and that the plant complies with its license and NRC regulations. Also required would be a status report of work remaining to make computer systems fully operational in the new century.