Anti-nuclear activists breached security at the U.S. government’s facility for processing, handling, and storing weapons-grade uranium this week, prompting a temporary shutdown.
The Y-12 National Security Complex facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., was shut down on Wednesday—and will remain that way until next week—after activists cut through perimeter fences and got near a wall of a building that stores enriched uranium, a government official told Reuters.
Officials said the activists painted slogans on the wall and threw what they said was blood on the walls.
Three activists, who were 57, 63, and 82 years old, were arrested and charged with federal vandalism and criminal trespass, the news agency reported.
They were found hanging banners in the dark and singing on Saturday while offering to break bread with security guards at the facility, reported The Associated Press.
“All nuclear materials at Y-12 are in safe, secure storage and we remain entirely confident in the security of Y-12’s facilities,” the National Nuclear Safety Administration said, according to AP.
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