Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:31 PM
bananas (27,385 posts)
Experts recommend federalizing guard forces at DOE nuclear weapons sites, nonprofit says
Source: Oak Ridge Today
Three experts have recommended that guard forces be federalized at federal sites where bomb-grade uranium is stored, according to a nonprofit watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C.
Peter Stockton, senior investigator at the Project On Government Oversight, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu asked the experts—Norm Augustine, C. Donald Alston, and Richard Meserve—to review the physical security of the entire nuclear weapons complex after the July 28 security breach at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
Stockton said the three were asked to submit a letter with recommendations to change and improve the security system of the overall complex. The letters were sent to Chu on Dec. 6.
He said the U.S. Department of Energy has refused to release the letters, but POGO has obtained copies.
Read more: http://oakridgetoday.com/2013/01/14/experts-recommend-federalizing-guard-forces-at-doe-nuclear-weapons-sites-nonprofit-says/
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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:58 AM
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4. 4 1/2 months after unprecedented break-in, there's still a hole in Y-12's fence
4 1/2 months after unprecedented break-in, there's still a hole in Y-12's fence
KNS photos/Saul Young
An opening in the perimeter fence at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant is held together by a plastic tie and a piece of string. The area apparently is where three Plowshares protesters entered the plant on July 28.
Four and a half months after Plowshares protesters broke into the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, it appears that government contractors have yet to repair the fence where the initial entry took place.
Earlier today, the News Sentinel visited the plant's perimeter fence line on Pine Ridge and photographed a section where the chain-link fence apparently had been cut -- about 4 1/2 feet vertically. There also was what may be telltale evidence -- a white plastic tie and a piece of string -- of the protesters' handiwork.