OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- The managing contractor of the Y-12 National Security Complex said it has hired more than 560 employees from its former security subcontractor, which lost its contract after three protesters cut through fences and vandalized a building in an unprecedented break-in.
B&W Y-12, the company that manages the nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge, terminated WSI Oak Ridge at the beginning of October and took direct responsibility for security.
Retired Brig. Gen. Rod Johnson, who oversees security operations for B&W Y-12, said there has already been improvement in security performances following the contracting changes.
Security operations at the plant have been criticized after the protesters, including an 82-year-old Roman Catholic nun, cut through fences on July 28 and defaced a building that stores the plant's weapons grade uranium.