Medzamor Leaders Refute IAEA Statement on Y2K

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–According to the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant Information Department Head Vachagan Ghazarian–the plant has solved the Y2K problem–and its personnel possesses a high level of training.

The American UPI News Agency spread a statement on December 15 quoting International Atomic Energy Agency Director Mohammad al-Baradei expressing concern over the mishandled Y2K situations at three nuclear power plants in the former Soviet Union–including the Armenian plant.

"We disagree with the UPI report–which is a barefaced misinformation," said Ghazarian in response to the statement.

Ghazarian said that on August 23 and 24 and on October 20-22–a group of IAEA officials headed by Morgan Libbie inspected the Y2K hazard preparedness at the Armenian power plant. A detailed report submitted to the IAEA Nuclear Power Plants Safety Director A. Carnino highly evaluates the work done by the plant personnel to face up to the problem. Furthermore–Carnino asked the Armenian Government to report on the work at the Armenian power plant to other IAEA member countries. The Armenian nuclear power plant is fully prepared to tackle up to any Y2K problem due to its joint efforts with Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences.

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