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Re: P2 and the Y2K "Bug"



Here's a clip from a recent online newsletter, I thought was applicable
and interesting, concerning the Y2K issue and relaxed enforcement from
the EPA:

Subject:  Environmental Management Online News (Lite Edition) - December
9, 1998
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 02:07:33 +0000 ("GMT")
From: news@tsdcentral.COM
To: Sue.Sommerfelt@uni.edu

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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT ONLINE NEWS(tm)     VOL. 1/NO. 46 - DEC 9, 1998

(formerly TSD Central Online News)
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        The Newsletter for Environmental Management Professionals
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>>   DEC. 2 -- EPA TEMPORARILY RELAXES ENFORCEMENT FOR VIOLATIONS CAUSED
BY Y2K TESTING

U.S. EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance is urging
owners and operators of regulated facilities to take advantage of the
agency's temporary enforcement policy for violations associated with
testing computers and equipment for year 2000 (Y2K) problems, which
involve potential malfunctioning due to the equipment's inability to
recognize calendar dates beyond 1999. EPA said it will temporarily waive

penalties that otherwise would be applied for environmental violations
caused by conducting tests designed to identify and eliminate Y2K-
related problems. The policy covers only violations reported to the
agency by Feb. 1 and that involve Y2K-troubleshooting tests conducted
"well in advance" and "for the shortest possible period of time
necessary," EPA said. Any testing-related violations that occur must be
corrected immediately. For more information, visit the agency's World
Wide Web site at <http://es.epa.gov/oeca/eptdd/ocy2k.html>, send e-mail
to Gary A. Jonesi in EPA's Office of Regulatory Enforcement at
<mailto:jonesi.gary@epamail.epa.gov>, call 1-202-564-4002, or fax
1-202-564-
0011.



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