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Explosion at Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility

  1. Nov 30, 2011 #1
    On 28th November there were reports of a large explosion in the Iranian city of Isfahan, home to the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility.

    link - via Haaretz -
    The BBC claim that Iran is building a plant at the nuclear research facility to convert yellowcake into three forms: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11927720

    • Hexafluoride gas - used in gas centrifuges
    • Uranium oxide - used to fuel reactors, albeit not the type Iran is constructing
    • Metal - often used in the cores of nuclear bombs. The IAEA is concerned about the metal's use, as Iran's reactors do not require it as fuel.

    What are the possible environmental impacts of a major explosion at such a plant?
    Huge releases of UF4 and UF6 I'd imagine.

    More info: http://www.wise-uranium.org/epasi.html#ISFAHANCONV
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  3. Dec 2, 2011 #2


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    If the explosion outside Isfahan on 28 November did release UF4 and UF6, aren't those materials highly radioactive? If yes, then I would expect a rapid and massive evacuation of people would be necessary. Is there any news about the aftermath?
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