U.S. Shuts Down Uranium Facility After Anti-Nuclear Protesters Infiltrate
Washington, August 4 (RHC)-- The U.S. government’s only site for handling and processing weapons-grade uranium has been temporarily shut down after anti-nuclear activists infiltrated the premises.
Three activists -- including an 82-year old nun -- reportedly cut through fences to paint slogans and throw blood on the wall of the Y12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Y12 facility processes uranium for new hydrogen bombs.
Calling themselves the "Transform Now Plowshares," the three activists appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge in Knoxville on Thursday.
The facility will reportedly remain shut down at least until next week, with government officials saying it is the worse security breach ever seen. U.S. officials have maintained no nuclear materials were jeopardized, but experts have marveled at how a small group could have infiltrated the high-risk site.