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Y-12 Plant To Keep Protesters At A Distance

Y-12 Plant To Keep Protesters At A Distance

CREATED Jul 22, 2014

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - When protesters show up at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge on August 6, facility security won't be as hospitable as in the past.

For the second year in a row, the group holding a s "Names and Remembrance Ceremony" and reading the names of those who died in the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, will not be allowed onto a grassy area near the Y-12 entrance.

Following a July 28, 2012, break-in by three Plowshares protesters, including an 82-year-old nun, the government erected a new security fence blocking access to the plant's sign and front yard.

National Nuclear Security Administration spokeswoman Rebekah Nwangwa told the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/UmkDY5 ) the government still intends to build a permanent barrier.

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