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EPA/CEPPO ALERT - Prevent Year 2000 Chemical Emergencies (February 1999)

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This alert is being issued to prevent Year 2000 Chemical Emergencies. At any size company, the Y2K issue could threaten worker and community safety and health. It could cause complete shutdowns of machinery or safety-related systems or could generate erroneous information (e.g. wrong temperature) which could lead an operator to take unsafe or improper steps. For chemical process industries, the Y2K problem could increase the potential for process shutdowns and accidental chemical releases.

This alert raises awareness about the Y2K problem and offers a strategy to address the problem and offers a strategy to address the problem. However, given that the Year 2000 is approaching soon, facilities should dedicate increasingly more efforts on developing contingency plans to prepare for unanticipated events like those above. Contingency planning is especially important for facilities that have not started or have made little progress in assessing and remediating the Y2K problem.

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