Resolution of Generic Safety Issues: NMSS-0008. Year 2000 Computer Problem - Non-Reactor Licensees (Rev. 1) ( NUREG-0933, Main Report with Supplements 1–34 )
The Year 2000 computer problem had the potential to pose a threat to public health, site safety and safeguards, and worker safety. Many computer systems could have potentially failed to recognize the change to a new century. The staff believed that these systems could have misread the year 2000 thereby causing them to fail or generate faulty data. To alert all licensees to the problem, IN 96-701710 was issued followed by IN 97-61,1711 which specifically addressed medical licensees, veterinarians, and manufacturers/distributors of medical devices. This issue was identified1709 by NMSS to ensure that actions were taken to ensure that the Year 2000 computer problem would be either eliminated or minimized for material licensees.
The issue was given a high priority ranking and resolution was pursued.1709 Health and safety were not compromised at materials licensee facilities due to the transition into the year 2000, or by the Leap Day (February 29, 2000). A Lessons Learned report and the GL 98-03 closeout report were issued in March 2000. Thus, the issue was resolved.546