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WSI-Oak Ridge, Nuclear Weapons Plant Security Contractor, May Be Terminated

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In this Aug. 17, 2012, photo a sign warns against trespassing onto the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Megan Rice, an 82-year-old nun and two other anti-war protesters faces federal charges for cut through three fences and spray-painted slogans on the wall of a weapons-grade uranium facility in July. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
In this Aug. 17, 2012, photo a sign warns against trespassing onto the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Megan Rice, an 82-year-old nun and two other anti-war protesters faces federal charges for cut through three fences and spray-painted slogans on the wall of a weapons-grade uranium facility in July. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -- The Department of Energy wants to terminate the security contractor at a nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., after an unprecedented intrusion by three peace activists.

A statement from the National Nuclear Security Administration released Friday said it has formally requested that WSI-Oak Ridge's contract be terminated. WSI-Oak Ridge is a subcontractor under B&W Y-12, the managing contractor at the plant.

The security contractor has been criticized for its poor response when activists broke in on July 28. They cut through fences and defaced a building that stored the plant's uranium. After the intrusion, top officials at WSI and B&W were removed from their positions.

The statement said the department has "no tolerance for federal or contractor personnel who cannot or will not do their jobs."

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