Y-12 break-in report reveals 'troubling displays of ineptitude'

9:11 PM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
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Y-12 Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility (HEUMF)

A new report issued by the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Energy lambastes the response of security personnel during the break-in at Y-12 by three nuclear weapons protesters.

The 18-page report outlines problems related to alarm response, maintenance of security equipment, and communications at Y-12 National Security Complex.

The report states investigators "identified troubling displays of ineptitude in responding to alarms, failures to maintain critical security equipment, over reliance on compensatory measures, misunderstanding of security protocols, poor communication, and weaknesses in contract and resource management."

The break-in occurred in late-July when three anti-nuclear weapons activists cut through several fences at the Oak Ridge facility and managed to paint messages on the exterior of the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility (HEUMF).  The trio faces felony and misdemeanor federal indictments for destruction of property and trespassing.

The Department of Energy's website includes a brief synopsis of the investigation.  It also includes a full pdf of the 18-page report by the Inspector General.

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