German Federal Government: All Safety Systems Successfully Checked out

Berlin, 20.12.1999

All the nuclear power plants in Germany are ready for Y2K. According to estimates by the German Government and Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH, an expert organisation specialising in nuclear and industrial plant safety, no malfunction will occur in the safety systems of German nuclear power plants when the New Year starts.

The Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Siegmar Mosdorf, explained that the safety of nuclear power plants has been checked both by the States and by the Federal Government, applying uniform specifications and criteria. The result is that all systems and components relevant to the safety and availability of the plants are ready for Y2K.

Under the guidance of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Economics Ministry, a Federal Government "Y2K" team has been set up in Berlin for the period of the date-change. The German Atomic Forum (DAtF) will be keeping a permanent line open to Berlin in connection with a joint team set up together with the German Electricity Industry Association (VDEW) in Frankfurt am Main.

Information on the safety of East-European nuclear power plants is being compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). According to information from the German Federal Economics Ministry and the Environment Ministry, there are no indications that any might not be able to meet the national Y2K capability on time.


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