October 1, 2012 in Nation/World

Security company fired after nuke plant break-in

Associated Press

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.

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