Demand a Nuclear Stand-Down Before Y2K

A recent U.S. State Department study of 161 countries found 80 to be at medium-to-high risk of Y2K-related disruptions in their inter-dependent telecommunications, energy and transportation sectors. It concludes, "It would be prudent to recognize that Y2K-related failures are inevitable, both here and abroad." There are approximately 5000 Russian and U.S. nuclear weapons on hair trigger alert and vulnerable to Y2K bugs. The status of the nuclear weapons in Britain, France, China, Israel, Pakistan and India is unclear.

On Nov. 18, the European Parliament passed a resolution asking that all nuclear weapons be taken off alert and all nuclear reactors be taken off line during the Y2K rollover.

There are 433 nuclear reactors worldwide, all but eight in the Northern Hemisphere. Seabrook in New Hampshire alone contains 1,304 date-sensitive chips. Reactors depend on power from the grid, even when shut down. Fifty-three percent of U.S. reactor back-up systems had problems this year. Irradiated fuel storage pools have no emergency back up systems.

Call, write or fax officials and representatives to de-alert nuclear weapons and take the reactors off-line now.

President Clinton
Pennsylvania Ave NW, Wash.
DC 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1111
Fax: (202) 456-2461

Secretary W. Cohen
1000 Defense
The Pentagon, Wash.
D.C. 20301
Phone: (703) 695-6352

Secretary B. Richardson
DOE
1000 Independence Ave SW
Wash., D.C. 20585
Phone: (202) 585-6210
Fax: (202) 586-4403

Greta J. Dicus
U.S. NRC
11555 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 415-1672
Fax: (301) 415-1672

Sandy Berger
National Security Advisor
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Wash., D.C. 20504
Phone: (202) 456-9481
Fax: (202) 456-2883

John Koskinen
President's Mouthpiece on Y2K
216 Old Executive Office Building
Wash., D.C. 20502
Phone: (202) 456-7171
Fax: (202) 456-7172

-- Y2K World Atomic Safety Holiday, W.A.S.H., Oct. 16, 1999.