Fence at Y-12 Plant Keeps Anti-Nuclear Protesters Out

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Global Security Newswire Staff
July 22, 2014, 8:27 a.m.

Act­iv­ists will not be per­mit­ted to stage an anti-nuc­le­ar protest near the Y-12 site en­trance due to se­cur­ity pre­cau­tions put in place fol­low­ing a 2012 break-in.

The Oak Ridge En­vir­on­ment­al Peace Al­li­ance wants to hold a “Names and Re­mem­brance Ce­re­mony” for vic­tims of the 1945 nuc­le­ar bomb­ing of Hiroshi­ma on a grassy spot of land close to the en­trance of the Y-12 Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Com­plex in Ten­ness­ee. However, their plans for the Aug. 6 vi­gil have been sty­mied by a steel bar­ri­cade that lim­its ac­cess to the site’s front lawn. The fence, ori­gin­ally said to be tem­por­ary, was in­stalled in the wake of the Ju­ly 2012 break-in by a group of eld­erly peace pro­test­ers, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­por­ted on Tues­day.

At­tempts by the group to get leg­al or­ders to tear down the fence thus far have been un­suc­cess­ful.

Oak Ridge En­vir­on­ment­al Peace Al­li­ance co­ordin­at­or Ral­ph Hutchis­on said he is hold­ing out hope that the Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion will de­cide to take down the fence.

NNSA spokes­wo­man Re­bekah Nwang­wa, in an email to the Knoxville News Sen­tinel, said her agency still plans to con­struct a per­man­ent fence. “But we’ve not for­mu­lated any spe­cif­ic plans at this time and have not set a sched­ule for when we in­tend to pur­sue the in­stall­a­tion of a new fence,” she said.

Due to the se­cur­ity bar­ri­cade, act­iv­ist have been sta­ging their protests in an area that faces the Y-12 site’s main en­trance.

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