• The world’s first geological repository for the disposal of nuclear waste opens in the United States.
  • At 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.
  • Efforts 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 and
    other facilities. The new year rolls into 2000 with no serious reported bugs at nuclear facilities.
  • At a Scientific Forum in Vienna, world nuclear and energy authorities examine the role of
    nuclear power
    in the context of sustainable development, seeing a mixed future.



The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
in the USA opened in 1999.

waste isolation pilot plant