IAEO: Incident outside Natanz Nuclear Site has no causalities, no pollution
Tehran (IP) - The Spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) on Thursday revealed the occurrence of an incident in one of the under-construction industrial sheds in Natanz Nuclear Facility, stressing it had no causalities and no contamination.
Iran Press/Iran News: Behrouz Kamalvandi said the incident happened on Thursday morning at the open site of Natanz facility under construction, but, it caused no human casualties nor has it disrupted the ongoing activities at the site.
He dismissed concerns about possible nuclear pollution in the wake of the incident, saying the industrial shed is located on the open site of Natanz Nuclear Facility and was not under operation.
"Since this nuclear facility has been inactive, there is no worry about the possibility of contamination," stressed Kamalvandi.
Presently, the Organization’s expert teams are at the scene of the incident, investigating the causes behind the incident, AEOI spox added.
Atomic Energy Organization of Iran's News website (AEOI News) in a press release said: "Mr.B.kamalvandi, AEOI spokesman on July, 2, morning announced the following:
"On July, 2, following an incident which is being investigated, one of the technical niches being built in the open space area of the Natanz site was damaged. This incident didn't cause any human casualty neither inflicted hazards to the complex routine activities. From the probability of any pollution occurring, also considering the non-status activity position of the complex, there is nothing to be concerned about, and at present, the Organization's expert teams are present at the site and investigating the matter."
Natanz is a uranium enrichment center located in the city of the same name in Esfahan Province, some 250 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran.
The Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant, covering 100,000 square meters and built eight meters underground, is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by the UN nuclear watchdog.