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Security at Tennessee Nuclear Weapons Plant Under Scrutiny Again

Nov 2nd, 2012 Current Affairs

In August, Reuters reported that 82-year-old Pacifist nun, Megan Rice, and two fellow anti-nuclear activists successfully breached security at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the government’s only facility for handling, processing, and storing weapons-grade uranium. The Chicago Tribune reported that, after being charged with breaching the security fences, a U.S. Magistrate Judge ordered the release of Rice and her co-defendants, Michael Walli, and Greg Boertje-Obed.

Now, The New York Times reports that the same security guards who failed to stop Rice may have cheated on their recertification examinations. According to the article by The Times, the exam and its answers were circulated among the guards prior to the test’s administration. In contending that the department is taking responsibility for enabling such behavior, The Times refers to an internal investigation report issued by the Department of Energy. The Times goes on to state:

A federal security official sent the exam by encrypted e-mail to ‘trusted agents’ at the management contractor, B&W, but did not instruct those executives to keep it secret from the people who would have to take it, according to the [Department of Energy] report. The government found out about the cheating only because an inspector visiting the plant noticed a copy of an exam on the seat of a patrol vehicle the day before guards were to take it.

 

You can read the full New York Times article here.

You can read the full Reuters report here.

You can read the full post by The Chicago Tribune here.

 

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