Lebanon clean up - Nuclear material found at oil facility

The German company tasked with clearing hazardous material at Beirut port, and around the country, has discovered radioactive material at the Zahrani Oil Installation, which is about 50km south of the port. 

According to Prime Minister Diab the substance found "is a highly pure nuclear substance" and posed a danger. The head of the installation Ziad el-Zein, told local Al-Jadeed TV that Combi Lift inspected the facility and found eight small containers that weigh less that 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) containing depleted uranium salts. El-Zein added that the material has been stored at the facility since the 1950s, when it was run by the Mediterranean Refinery Company which was active in Lebanon until the late 1980s.

A document from the Zahrani Oil Installation that was posted by local media Friday said that the committee following up on the "chemical material" decided to move it to the laboratories of the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission. The March 22 document warned that the Lebanese atomic commission will inform the International Atomic Energy Agency that it cannot store the material in Lebanon in accordance with international standards.

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