The National Nuclear Security Administration is extending the perimeter fence protecting the Y-12 National Security Complex.
The boundary will now extend along Scarboro Road, and will restrict public access in front of the entrance sign and along the side of New Hope Center.
In a press release, the NNSA says, "Events of the past several months have shown that there is a greater
threat of trespassing on the site, and the costs for responding to this
threat are increasing. Y-12 is taking conservative and appropriate
measures to make such illegal actions more difficult."
Last year, three peace demonstrators penetrated the secured area, splashing blood and painting on the side of the building that contains much of the nation's highly enriched uranium.
Earlier this month, a man who rode a bicycle onto the property was detained.
A temporary fence is expected to be in place by April 4. A permanent fence will be built later.
The New Hope Center will now by behind the security fence, but the public will continue to be allowed in during normal working hours.
That area is also a traditional site where protests are staged.
The release states, "The NNSA recognizes that these changes will create some inconveniences for the public. However, NNSA and B&W Y-12 are responsible for maintaining the most secure environment possible to ensure the continued protection of Y-12. The additional fencing being installed is in addition to other measures completed in recent months to improve security at Y-12."