Cowles Says "Franco Still Dead", But Does NRC Have A Pulse? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Hope Rick doesn't mind, am lifting in full his recent post on CSY2K. If this isn't self-explanatory to you, I can't help you ....

-------------- "On Thu, 18 Feb 1999 03:32:17 GMT, Gregory Greenman wrote:


>Good Grief - not more of this nuclear Y2K clap-trap. To quote the

>Nuclear Regulatory Commission Y2K webpage:


>"The NRC has no indication that significant Y2K problems exist with

>safety-related systems in nuclear power plants for those systems that directly

>affect the

>ability to safely operate and shut down the plants. All plants can be shut down

>safely, if necessary, after January 1, 2000.

PECO Energy's Peach Bottom Unit 2 nuclear facility near York, Pa. recently

experienced a 7 hour lockup of the plant's primary and backup plant

monitoring system computers during Y2k testing. The NRC weekly summary of

2/12/1999 ( reports that

operators lost the plant's Safety Parameter Display System (SPDS),

Emergency Response Data System (ERDS), and 3d Monicore thermal limit

monitoring system during the event.

Engineers had taken the backup PMS computer off-line and had advanced the

PMS clock to a year 2000 Date. This led to a lockup of the backup PMS, and

the system transferred to the primary, on-line PMS computer. The engineers

did not recognize that the system had transferred and, believing that the

original command was not accepted, again advanced the system clock, causing

the primary PMS to lock up also. Several initial attempts to restore the

PMS computers were unsuccessful, and operators determined that this

constituted a major loss of emergency assessment capability. The PMS

computers are not Y2K compliant, but the engineers believed that this would

not impact the testing. Operators did not expect the testing would affect

the on-line PMS computer. PECO Energy plans to perform a full root cause

analysis of this event.

In other nuclear Y2k news, Mr. William D. Travers, NRC Executive Director

for Operations testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air,

Wetlands, Private Property and Nuclear Safety Committee on Environment and

Public Works on 2/24/1999 that, "To date, the NRC staff has not identified

or been apprised of any Y2K problems in nuclear power plant systems that

directly impact actuation of safety functions." (ref:


In still *other* news, Generalissimo Fransisco Franco remains dead.


Rick Cowles (Public PGP key on request) : Electric Utilities and Y2k

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-- BigDog (, February 26, 1999


When did Franco die??? I've got to stop reading this forum so much and keep up with current events!

-- Nabi Davidson (, February 26, 1999.

Nabi, wasn't it around the time the Beatles broke up?

-- Old Git (, February 26, 1999.

Aaaahhh, no wonder I missed it. I must have been in mourning at the time...

-- Nabi Davidson (, February 26, 1999.

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