The world’s first geological
repository for the disposal of nuclear waste opens in the United States.
the Tokaimura facility in Japan, a criticality
accident at a fuel conversion plant makes global headlines. The
IAEA sends a fact-finding team in October, and issues a preliminary
report shortly thereafter.
step up to assist countries to prevent computer problems associated with
the Year 2000 (Y2K) issue, with IAEA
assistance geared to operators and regulators of nuclear power plants
other facilities. The new year rolls into 2000 with no
serious reported bugs at nuclear facilities.
a Scientific Forum in Vienna, world nuclear and energy authorities examine
the role of
power in the context of sustainable development, seeing a mixed future.