The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's nuclear agency has confirmed that it is planning an international workshop in the new year to deal with possible millennium bug problems for the world?s muclear industry.
"Computers have been integrated into nearly all aspects of nuclear installations", which means that problems with the changeover to a new century on 1 January 2000 "could potentially affect activities such as maintenance schedules, control and monitoring systems, security systems", the agency said.
The workshop has been slated to take place in Canada at the beginning of February as part of a worldwide plan to "anticipate and minimise the potential impact of the millennium bug on the safe operation of the nuclear industry".
In a statement, the agency emphasised that nuclear regulators and the industry in member countries have been working for several years on Year 2000 projects.
The NEA said the workshop will discuss regulatory and industry strategies and assess what needs to be done in terms of contingency planning for Y2K.
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