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      >From the AP:

      Dec 31, 1999 - 08:29 PM

      U.S. Electric System Passing First Y2K Test, Officials Say The Associated
      Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) - America's electricity system passed its first real-world
      test Friday night as a third of the power companies' equipment rolled
      through the Y2K transition without problems, Energy Secretary Bill
      Richardson said.

      But officials were watching three nuclear power plants that unexpectedly
      shut down in South Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania as the new year
      approached, although none of the shutdowns were found to be Y2K-related.

      -- Jennifer Bunker (Salt Lake City, Utah) (Jen@...), December
      31, 1999

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      http://www.msnbc.com/news/348711.asp

      WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 8:48 p.m. - A unidentified power plant in the U.S.
      Midwest experienced a date-related computer glitch Friday after passing
      midnight Greenwich Mean Time, but electricity supply was not disrupted and
      the problem was fixed quickly, electric industry officials said.

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      http://www.msnbc.com/news/348711.asp

      WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 10:33 p.m. -- U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson
      reports nuclear facilities in Russia and the rest of the world had
      apparently passed the Year 2000 threshold safely with no computer glitches.


      Apparently, Richardson didn't know about the "glitches" at at multiple
      reactors in Japan. At least 4 Y2K glitches have occured so far, according
      to two news media articles:

      Glitch #1: A malfunction prevented a monitor from displaying data on
      radiation emitted to the environment.

      Glitch #2: The data transmission system failed to display information soon
      after midnight.

      Glitch #3: An alarm for a system processing meteorological data went off
      soon after midnight, but order was restored 10 minutes later.

      Glitch #4: The alarm showed a defect with a device measuring the
      temperature of sea water cooling the reactor. (see 2nd article below)


      http://news.excite.com/news/r/991231/17/y2k-japan-nuclear

      Third equipment malfunction reported at Japan N-plant

      Updated 5:06 PM ET December 31, 1999

      TOKYO (Reuters) - Three equipment malfunctions were reported at Japanese
      nuclear plants after the start of the new year but the problems had no
      effect on power generation or reactor operations, local and company
      officials said.

      Two of the malfunctions were reported at the Shiga nuclear power plant
      about 186 miles northwest of Tokyo run by Hokuriku Electric Power Co

      Officials reported problems with the plant's radiation monitoring system.
      There was also a problem with a system used to send data on radiation
      emission and the state of the power plant to company headquarters and the
      government in case of emergencies.

      A local official said the first malfunction prevented the monitor from
      displaying data on radiation emitted to the environment. But the official
      said checks of five on-site monitoring posts found that radiation levels
      were normal.

      The monitoring system is run by the Ishikawa prefecture.

      The data transmission system failed to display information soon after
      midnight, a spokesman for Hokuriku Electric said.

      An alarm for a system processing meteorological data at Tohoku Electric
      Power Co's Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture also went off
      soon after midnight, but order was restored 10 minutes later, with no
      disruptions to power generation, government officials said.

      The cause of the problems, including the possibility that they were
      Y2K-related glitches, was being investigated, company and local officials
      said.

      Japan has 51 nuclear reactors providing roughly one-third of the nation's
      electricity.




      http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/newsid_585000/585950.stm

      Friday, 31 December, 1999, 21:13 GMT

      Japan nuclear plants malfunction

      The glitches follow the Tokaimura disaster in September

      Two nuclear power plants malfunctioned in Japan seconds after the clock
      ticked into 2000.

      Officials said the faults were minor and there was no danger.

      The government and company officials have launched investigations into
      whether the glitches were related to the millennium bug.

      Officials said a system to monitor radiation levels malfunctioned at a
      nuclear plant in Ishikawa, central Japan, immediately after midnight.

      "There is a possibility that this is related to the 2000 computer
      problem,'' said local government official Takashi Minami. ''Our preparation
      might not have been good enough."

      However, officials said radiation checks at the plant showed levels were
      normal.

      Alarm

      In a separate incident an alarm sounded at another nuclear power plant in
      Onagawa, northern Japan, two minutes after midnight.

      The alarm showed a defect with a device measuring the temperature of sea
      water cooling the reactor.

      But no serious problems were found and the plant, run by Tohoku Electric
      Power Co, continues to run normally.

      Takashi Ichinomiya, an official at the Ministry of International Trade and
      Industry working on the millennium bug, said he was investigating the
      incident, but there was no danger and the plant would not have to be shut
      down.

      Fears about nuclear power have increased in Japan since September when
      three workers at a uranium processing plant in Tokaimura, north-east of
      Tokyo, set off the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

      They triggered a critical reaction that exposed at least 126 people to
      radiation. The worst affected worker, Hisashi Ouchi, died this month.

      Japan has 51 nuclear reactors providing roughly one third of the nation's
      electricity needs.

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