Karaj Waste Storage Facility

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Last Updated: January 1, 2011
Other Name: N/A
Location: Karaj
Subordinate To: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Operational

The IAEA learned of the Karaj radioactive waste storage facility in 2003. In the same year, Iran shipped dismantled equipment used in laser enrichment experiments and materials resulting from uranium conversion experiments to the site, where IAEA inspectors viewed them in October 2003. [1] Environmental samples taken by the IAEA at the site in 2005 revealed traces of highly enriched uranium on a container. [2] In response, Iran declared that the traces originated from leaking reactor fuel assemblies at the Tehran Research Reactor. After further investigating the issue, the IAEA concluded that "the statements of Iran are not inconsistent with the Agency's findings, and now considers this issue as resolved."[3]

Sources:
[1] "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 10 November 2003, www.iaea.org.
[2] Elaine Sciolino, "Highly Enriched Uranium Found at Iranian Plant," New York Times, 1 September 2006, www.nytimes.com.
[3] "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 30 August 2007, www.iaea.org.

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