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Anarak Waste Storage Facility

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    Nuclear-Waste Management
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Iran stored the waste resulting from the separation of Iodine-131 isotopes at the Tehran Nuclear Research Center (TNRC) from irradiated UO2 targets at a waste storage facility in Anarak. 1

Iran mixed the waste in concrete and shipped it from Tehran to Anarak. IAEA inspectors visited the site in June 2003. 2 In response to an IAEA request, Iran shipped the waste from Anarak to Jabr Ibn Havan Multipurpose Laboratories at the TNRC in January 2004. 3


Isotope: Any two or more forms of an element having identical or very closely related chemical properties and the same atomic number (the same number of protons in their nuclei), but different atomic weights or mass numbers (a different number of neutrons in their nuclei). Uranium-238 and uranium-235 are isotopes of uranium.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
IAEA: Founded in 1957 and based in Vienna, Austria, the IAEA is an autonomous international organization in the United Nations system. The Agency’s mandate is the promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, technical assistance in this area, and verification that nuclear materials and technology stay in peaceful use. Article III of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) requires non-nuclear weapon states party to the NPT to accept safeguards administered by the IAEA. The IAEA consists of three principal organs: the General Conference (of member states); the Board of Governors; and the Secretariat. For additional information, see the IAEA.


  1. “Nuclear Sites, Waste Disposal Facility, Anarak Nuclear Waste Disposal,” Institute for Science and International Security, www.isisnucleariran.org.
  2. “Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 26 August 2003, www.iaea.org.
  3. “Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), 24 February 2004, www.iaea.org.


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