Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

Y-12 Plant Patches Fence Breach

The Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee has patched an opening in a fence apparently left by antiwar advocates during a July break-in, the National Nuclear Security Administration informed the Knoxville News Sentinel on Thursday.

The newspaper earlier this week reported the damage had gone unfixed in the months since the three members of the antinuclear group Transform Now Plowshares made their way through the complex and into Y-12's "Protected Area," which houses atomic arms activities and bomb-grade uranium storage. The intruders allegedly poured blood, put up signs and painted on the sides of buildings before they were apprehended in the area.

Nuclear agency spokesman Steven Wyatt declined to confirm one trespasser's assertion that the group had created the opening.

Wyatt stated: "The perimeter fence is a boundary marker and is posted against trespassers. It is not designed to prevent individuals from crossing it, and it is not considered a security measure. In some places it is six-foot chain link, in other places it is a four-foot barbed wire cattle fence. Fences of this type along site boundaries are common at [Energy Department]/NNSA facilities across the country and are in place as a method for notifying the public of a site boundary. The cut in the fence has been repaired."

Note to our Readers

GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.

Country Profile

Flag of United States

United States

This article provides an overview of the United States’ historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

Learn More →