published Friday, September 28th, 2012

DOE wants to terminate Y-12 security contractor


Aerial photograph of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.
Aerial photograph of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.
Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The Department of Energy wants to terminate the security contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., after an unprecedented intrusion by three peace activists.

A statement from the National Nuclear Security Administration released Friday said they have formally requested that WSI-Oak Ridge’s contract be terminated. WSI-Oak Ridge is a subcontractor under B&W Y-12, the managing contractor at the plant.

The security contractor has been criticized for its poor response when activists broke in on July 28, cutting through fences and defacing a building that stored the plant’s uranium. After the intrusion, top officials at WSI and B&W were removed from their positions.

The statement said the department has “no tolerance for federal or contractor personnel who cannot or will not do their jobs.”

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