Y-12 Operator to Assume Majority of Protection Duties Within "Weeks"

The contract operator of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee has said it is "several weeks" away from assuming most responsibilities held by the fired firm previously charged with defending the nuclear arms facility, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Thursday.

Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12 last week said it would end the arrangement that assigned site protection duties to WSI-Oak Ridge, a division of G4S Government Solutions. The move came after a July break-in by peace activists revealed a number of security lapses at the complex.

"We expect to be done with the majority of transition activities in several weeks; other transition close-out activities may take longer," B&W Y-12 spokeswoman Ellen Boatner stated by e-mail. The process involves working considering and extending hiring deals to WSI staffers; corresponding with senior labor representatives; updating business deals; moving documentation; reassessing action plans; and auditing federal assets, according to the spokeswoman.

The firm also faces losing its own contract to manage Y-12 in the wake of the break-in and other issues.

Meanwhile, the three trespassers have rejected a proposal by prosecutors to admit guilt in court as part of a negotiated sentencing compromise, the defendants indicated in a statement published on Thursday by the News Sentinel.

The members of the antinuclear group Transform Now Plowshares on July 28 infiltrated the site's "Protected Area," where a facility holding large quantities of weapon-grade uranium is located. The three had enough time to allegedly pour out blood, put up signs and paint on the sides of buildings before they were discovered and apprehended.

October 5, 2012
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The contract operator of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee has said it is "several weeks" away from assuming most responsibilities held by the fired firm previously charged with defending the nuclear arms facility, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Thursday.

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