Iranian MP Dismisses Toxic Particles Rumor
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian lawmaker dismissed rumors about the influx into the country of dust particles containing uranium.
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Saturday, Moayyed Hosseini Sadr, member of a parliamentary faction in charge of dealing with environmental issues, dismissed unconfirmed reports about the influx of fine particles that contain poisonous nuclear substances, such as uranium.
The lawmaker further asked for necessary investigation into the source of such rumors.
This comes after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on March 5 called for all-out endeavors to protect the environment in Iran.
In a ceremony on the occasion of the national Week of Natural Resources here in Tehran at the time, the Leader had also cautioned against the damaging effects of dust particles and sand haze that enter the country from outside, and urged the whole administrative bodies to join hands and work together to coordinate policy on tackling that problem.
Earlier in February, Head of Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization (IEPO) Masoumeh Ebtekar paid a visit to Iraq to hold talks with the Arab country’s officials on a range of environmental issues, particularly Tehran-Baghdad joint efforts to tackle the growing menace of dust particles at the areas along the shared border.
The main aim of her trip was to strengthen environmental cooperation between the two neighboring countries to handle the problem of sand haze.
Iranian residents in the western and southwestern provinces, bordering Iraq, are facing with a growing trend in the influx of fine particles, which are generated by drought-hit marshlands in neighboring countries.
The disruptive dust storms have pushed pollution in those border areas to alarming levels, and have also raised health concerns.
The particles, carried by winds, can penetrate the lungs and enter the bloodstream, causing serious diseases such as lung cancer, asthma and heart problems.