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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Reactors Declared 2000-Proof

Russian nuclear power plants' lack of digital control systems could make them the safest at the turn of the century, Norwegian news agency NTB quoted the daily Nordlys as saying Friday.

"In Western countries, many prepare to shut down the reactors when 1999 approaches the end," Nordlys said. "The Russians still use analog systems to monitor and operate the nuclear power plants and therefore would be spared from such problems."

The Bellona environmental group said Russia's plants were expected to replace any reactor control systems in the near future, but had received some parts of equipment from Western producers.

"The most ironic thing is that the Russians at the turn of the century will face most problems with safety equipment delivered from Western countries, because they are date-based systems," Thomas Nilsen of Bellona told Nordlys.