WASHINGTON Jan 8 The U.S. government has named
a new group to manage security at a site where it processes and
stores enriched uranium after anti-nuclear activists, including
an 82-year old nun, broke into the site in 2012.
The National Nuclear Security Administration said on Tuesday
it has chosen Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC to manage and
operate the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge,
Tennessee, where the breach occurred last July, as well as the
Plantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas.
The group selected is comprised of Bechtel National Inc,
Lockheed Martin Services Inc, ATK Launch Systems Inc
and SOC LLC. Consolidated will begin a transition
immediately and the contract will start on May 1, the NNSA said.
The five-year contract, with options to renew it for another
five years, also includes construction project management of the
uranium processing facility of the Y-12 complex and an option
for work at the Savannah River tritium operations in South
The contract includes a total available fee of about $446
million if the Savannah River option is picked up by the end of
the first year, the NNSA said.
The agency, part of the Department of Energy, said the move
will save taxpayers more than $3.2 billion over the next decade.
In an incident that embarrassed the NNSA, three anti-nuclear
activists, including the nun, cut through three perimeter fences
at Y-12, painted slogans and threw what they said was human
blood on an outer wall of a building that stored highly enriched
uranium, a key component of nuclear bombs.
An investigation by the Energy Department's inspector
general found that a security camera on site had been broken for
about six months and was part of a backlog of repairs needed for
adequate security at the facility.
B&W Y-12, a unit of Babcock & Wilcox Co, had managed
security at the Tennessee site. After the breach that company
terminated a contract with WSI Oak Ridge. WSI is owned by
security company G4S Plc, which was at the center of a
dispute over security at last year's London Olympic Games.