er, looks like the NRC may have changed in not deciding to shut down nukes until September?? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

second paragraph from the bottom:

"NRC will continue its oversight of the Y2K issue in nuclear power plants through the remainder of 1999 and beyond. In July, the staff will review all licensee responses to Generic Letter 98-01 and address any responses that raise concerns. By September, NRC will determine the need for issuing orders to address Y2K readiness issues, including, if warranted, shutdown of a plant. At this time, the staff believes that all licensees will be able to operate their plants safely during the transition from 1999 to 2000 and do not believe that significant plant-specific action directed by the NRC is likely to be needed. "

is that a change, or did I just miss something a while back?


-- Arlin H. Adams (, June 04, 1999


It's a change. I hope these nuckle-heads know what thier doing. What IS the "newest time frame" for shutting these things down, anyway? Lost track, EUY2K began to get boring, HA! Notice, "At this time, the staff believes that all licensees will be able to operate their plants safely during the transition". So why do they need to more months to ACTUALLY decide?

-- Will continue (, June 04, 1999.

Sorry, that would be "two", as in "2" more months!

-- Will continue (, June 04, 1999.

Slippage. Slippery urcranium falloff. Fiddling with Rome burn. Life imitating the cynical script.

-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (, June 04, 1999.

"NRC will continue its oversight of the Y2K issue in nuclear power plants ..." The NRC's use for the word "oversight" could be used in the sentence,

"One hundred thousand people died due to an NRC oversight when it failed to shut down the non-Y2K-compliant nuclear power plant."

-- Incredulous (, June 04, 1999.

They need to shut the nuke plants down,but they wont no matter how bad a y2k problem they have. Safety is not a concern for them, Keeping the power until the end is. They will be a change of leaders after the y2k is done ,and we will have to set up truth commissions like south africa did with apartide and the guilty corp ceos and govt leaders will have to be jailed for a very long time to make an example out of them for future generations if were still able to bring them to justice. The question will be asked how come you didnt turn it off,when you knew it would meltdown. the corp ceo's lawyer will plead the 5th for his client. And we will have to figure out how to never let our communities be so endangered again.

-- y2k aware mike (y2k aware mike @ conservation . com), June 04, 1999.

Of course Mike, that provides that people ddon't run to these leaders, and surrentder all of their freedoms to a NWO government...

-- Crono (, June 04, 1999.


I don't think this is a change of plans. I remember reading one of the NRC releases back in Jan or Feb that basically said the same thing. It further said that decisions for shutdowns could come as late as Dec 1. Personally, I feel the NRC isn't going to shut anything down that the Prez and the military don't want shut down. I think risks *will* be taken to provide the power to the cities (for one thing) in order to keep the public from going into panic.

-- Gordon (, June 04, 1999.

I think the pollys will keep this running normally a couple of weeks into the year 2000 in order to fool us into coming out of hiding. Then, blam, it will all happen. These pollys need to be outsmarted at their own game.

-- Zippy (no@no.on), June 04, 1999.

Wonder if Y2K non-compliant nukes will be shut down before OR after ...

September 9: Nationwide Test of entire North American electrical system

"The September 9, 1999 drill is expected to be a dress rehearsal for rollover from December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000. This drill may include reducing planned outages, modified committment of resources, redispatch of generation and transmission loading, cooperation with electric market participants, and staffing of all critical facilities. The goal would be to simulate system conditions and operating plans for the Y2K transition as closely as possible without increasing risks to personnel and equipment safety or system operating security." NERC:

-- Cheryl (, June 04, 1999.

I can't believe this nonsense about a July shutdown is still being repeated. By now, anyone who still thinks thats what the NRC letter was about has deliberately chosen to remain ignorant.

-- cd (, June 04, 1999.

It takes less than three days (6-8 shifts, depending on what htey want to do) to shutdown and cooldown a large commercial nuclear plant. On the smaller ones, I averaged less than 18 hours to go from regular running conditions to cold wet layup. Two-four hours to go to hot shutdown conditions.

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (, June 04, 1999.

I think the NRC is being very logical:

The summer is always the period of peak demand. Supposedly, we have today about 115% of peak demand in generating capacity. After, August as peak demand drops the nuke plants could be idled without impacting anyones supply of power as long as the non-nukes are running near full capability.

There is some concern over offline end-to-end testing which if scheduled over several days or weeks (so that not all plants are testing simultaneously) could maybe be done after Sept without impacting supply. But maybe not. Under this scenario, there could be some short sporadic power drops in 1999.

-- Bill P (, June 05, 1999.

Wander over to the euy2k forum. You can't help but feel sorry for Rick Cowles, who has to debunk this nonsense almost weekly. He's getting really tired of it. Rick says that *if* any shutdown orders are issued (which he doubts), they are most likely to come sometime in December. And no, this is NOT a change in NRC policy. The July date was just another reporting deadline.

-- Flint (, June 05, 1999.

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