U.S. authorities have charged a former nuclear power plant engineer with providing nuclear training software to Iran, the Associated Press reported Saturday (see GSN, April 18).
Authorities arrested Mohammad Alavi, a 49-year-old U.S. citizen, April 9 in Los Angeles after he returned from a trip to Iran. He has been charged with violating an embargo on U.S. trade with Iran, and faces a maximum prison term of 21 months, according to AP.
Alavi worked for 16 years at the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona before leaving last August, AP reported.
The software he allegedly took to Iran is used to train plant employees and contains details of the Palo Verde site, including its control room, according to AP.
Federal authorities said the transfer did not create a security risk in the United States.
"The investigation has not led us to believe this information was taken for the purpose of being used by a foreign government or terrorists to attack us," said FBI spokeswoman Deborah McCarley (Associated Press/International Herald Tribune, April 21).