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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) plans to conduct follow up reviews of 14 U.S. nuclear power plants to verify that their preparations for coping with the Year 2000 (Y2K) computer bug meet NRC guidelines. None of the reviews involve safety systems. Ten of the plants have reported that they are completely Y2K ready, while four still have preparations to complete. Between April and June 1999, the NRC conducted Y2K reviews at all operating nuclear power plants. All plants are using NRC approved guidelines. Since some of the site reviews took place early, the NRC could not confirm that Y2K activities were being implemented according to NRC guidance at 14 plants. Some plant had not completed plant repairs or replacements, or finished creating contingency plans at the time of the review. The NRC will conduct its follow up onsite reviews by mid-August.

The plants to be reviewed are:

  • Arkansas Units 1 and 2 (Russellville, Arkansas)*
  • Beaver Valley Units 1 and 2 (Shippingport, Pennsylvania)
  • Cooper (Brownville, Nebraska)*
  • Grand Gulf (Port Gibson, Missouri)*
  • Indian Point Unit 2 (Buchanan, New York)*
  • Prairie Island Units 1 and 2 (Red Wing, Minnesota)*
  • River Bend (St. Francisville, Louisiana)*
  • Summer (Jenkinsville, South Carolina)*
  • Three Mile Island Unit 1 (Middletown, Pennsylvania)
  • Vermont Yankee (Vernon, Vermont)
  • Waterford (Taft, Louisiana)*
  • Plants marked with an asterisk reported they were Y2K ready by July 1.

Plants marked with an asterisk reported they were Y2K ready by July 1.

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