Security Company Fired after Nuke Plant Break-in
Posted at: 10/01/2012 5:58 PM
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - The security contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee has been fired after authorities say three activists, including one from Duluth, cut through fences this summer and vandalized a building.
The contractor, WSI Oak Ridge, was criticized after the protesters - including an 82-year-old nun - broke into the plant in July. The anti-nuclear activists cut through fences and defaced a building that stored the plant's uranium.
The protesters included Greg Boertje-Obed of Duluth, according to the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.
B&W Y-12, the managing contractor at the plant, will take over security for the next several weeks.
WSI Oak Ridge is a subsidiary of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based G4S Government Solutions Inc., formerly known as Wackenhut.
After the intrusion, top officials at WSI and B&W were removed from their positions.
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