OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — The security contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee has been fired after authorities say three activists 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.
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.