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[ISN] Y-12 security breach detailed by former contractor in report


Mar 15, 2013

Nearly eight months after an unprecedented break-in at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, 10News has received a copy of the response its former contractor filed with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) explaining what happened at what's supposed to be among the most secure buildings in the world.

The NNSA issued a "show cause" to then contractor Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) a few weeks after three protestors broke into the complex in the early morning hours of July 28, 2012. That put B&W on notice that its contract was in jeopardy, giving it an opportunity to defend itself against termination. 10News submitted a public information request for a copy of B&W's response to the NNSA on September 12, 2012, the day the filing was due.

We received that document late Thursday; the account of the security breach is similar to a previous, independent review done by the Office of the Inspector General, but the "show cause" is the most detailed report made public so far.

In the own words of B&W the trespassers reached the building that contains much of the nation's highly enriched uranium, undetected, "Although there were several individual and systemic causes that led to the Security Event, the immediate cause was an improper response by the WSI force."


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