Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Iranians Evacuate City Located Near Nuclear Site
The Mullahs have ordered the 1.5 million population of Isfahan to flee from the city because pollution has now reached emergency levels. At least that's their story.
Isfahan is also the site of one of Iran major uranium conversion sites, where yellow cake is processed to make Hexafluoride gas used in gas centrifuges. It also processes uranium oxide (which can be used to fuel reactors of a different type than the ones Iran has or to not the type Iran is constructing or to separate out plutonium for nuclear weapons using a fairly easy chemical process) and metal, mostly used in the cores of nuclear bombs.
And there have been previous reports that the nuclear facility has been leaking radioactive material.
There was also an unexplained explosion at the plant in 2011 that was reported to have done damage to the Isfahahn facility.Since no IAEA inspectors have been allowed in, there's no guarantee as to how safe the plant is or what precautions have been taken. Remember Chernobyl?
Of course, there's also the possibility of sabotage.
In any event, Iran's regime is not noted for honesty either to its people or the outside worlds, and I doubt they would go to the trouble and expense of evacuating a large city unless something fairly bad had happened.
Isfahan has always been a nuclear accident waiting to happen anyway. Aside from every thing else, the plant sits on an active earthquake fault line, one that has destroyed the city of Isfahan something like half a dozen times ion recorded history.