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Fired Y-12 Guard Hoping For Settlement

Fired Y-12 Guard Hoping For Settlement

CREATED May 27, 2014

CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) - A security guard who was fired after three peace activists broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge is waiting to see whether he will get a financial settlement that includes back pay.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Kirk Garland returned to Y-12 last month for a six-hour arbitration meeting, where he defended his actions after the July 2012 break-in. The complex is the nation's primary storehouse for bomb-grade uranium.

The three activists, including an 82-year-old nun, cut through three fences before reaching the plant's high-security storage center. They splashed blood with walls, spray-painted Bible verses and decorated the site with crime-scene tape.

Garland denied allegations that he was too lax with the protesters and said he is being blamed for bigger security issues at Y-12.

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