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"French Government Institute of Nuclear Safety says:"
"Unsere AKW's sind durch Y2K gefährdet!"
"Our Nuclear Plants Are Endangered by Y2K"
|PARIS, May 4 (Reuters) - Safety at France's network of nuclear power
stations could be jeopardised by the millennium computer bug, the FrenchInstitute of
Nuclear Safety (IPSN) said in a report on Tuesday. The state
organisation said nuclear power stations were threatened not just by possible failures from their own internal computer systems, but also by the prospect of problems with the general French electricity grid. It said
research showed that between 45 and 80 percent of internal systems "could be sensitive" to the arrival of 2000. "Malfunctions of certain computer and automated systems at the power stations could weaken safety levels," the
IPSN said, adding that more than 40 percent of the systems needed to be operational to guarantee short-term safety at the plants. France relies more than any other nation on nuclear power and also supplies many of its
neighbours with electricity.
The millennium problem arises because many older computers
and programmes record dates using only the last two digits of the year, and, barring
correction, could treat the year 2000 as the year 1900, triggering system crashes. The
IPSN said many people considered a generalised failure across electricity networks in a
number of countries was "plausible" with the Y2K bug. "Such a general
breakdown would not directly mean risk of a nuclear accident, but it would lead
Electricite de France either to make the reactors function or shut down in unusual
conditions, which could eventually cause safety problems," the IPSN said. The French
nuclear safety authority (DSIN) said in March that preparations to tackle the millennium
bug were proceeding smoothly, but said it would switch off power stations if it thought
their security was threatened. The IPSN is atechnical body which reports to the DSIN.
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