Y-12 nu­clear weapons plant se­cu­rity guard sacked


WSI-Oak Ridge, a se­cu­rity con­trac­tor at the Y-12 nu­clear weapons plant, con­firmed that one of the guards on site dur­ing the July 28 se­cu­rity breach has been fired and oth­ers have been dis­ci­plined. “One (se­cu­rity po­lice of­fi­cer) has been ter­mi­nated and ap­pro­pri­ate dis­ci­plinary ac­tion has been taken with the ad­di­tional in­di­vid­u­als,” Court­ney Henry, a spokes­woman for WSI, a unit of G4S Gov­ern­ment So­lu­tions, said by e-mail in re­sponse to ques­tions. The names of the guards and other de­tails of the dis­ci­plinary ac­tions were not re­leased.

WSI ear­lier had stated that three guards were sus­pended and placed on re­stricted duty sta­tus fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, in which three pro­test­ers en­tered the high-se­cu­rity in­stal­la­tion in the predawn dark­ness and cut through fences to reach the plant’s stor­age com­pound for bomb-grade ura­nium. The store­house was de­faced with spray-painted protest mes­sages and splat­tered with hu­man blood be­fore guards ar­rived at the scene around 4:30 a.m.

The Na­tional Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion was highly crit­i­cal of the guards’ re­sponse dur­ing the in­ci­dent, say­ing Y-12’s pro­tec­tive force was slow to re­spond to alarms and — even when they reached the scene — failed to take ap­pro­pri­ate steps to se­cure the Plow­shares pro­test­ers.

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