Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Private Contractor Paid $1 Billion Annually to Secure Nuclear Site Breeched By Anti-Nuclear Activists

Security lapses at nuclear complex identified two years before break-in. By Dana Priest. The Washington Post Sep 11, 2012

[Excerpted] Nearly two years before peace activists broke into a U.S. nuclear weapons facility in late July, government investigators warned in classified reports of lax security at the complex where the nation’s largest concentration of weapons-grade uranium is stored.

The previously undisclosed 2010 criticism of the Y-12 National Security Complex near Oak Ridge, Tenn., found that security cameras were inoperable, equipment maintenance was sloppy and guards were poorly trained....

...Like the nation’s other nuclear weapons facilities, Y-12 has been run by private contractors since 2008. Its main operator, Babcock & Wilcox, subcontracts with Wackenhut Services for its protective force.

Majia here: The article states that the National Nuclear Security Administration, part of the Dept. of Energy, spends $1 billion a  year securing this site.


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