Breach of security at “Fort Knox” of uranium sets off alarms

In July 2012, three aging anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year-old…

In July 2012, three aging anti-nuclear activists, including an 82-year-old nun, cut through fences surrounding the “Fort Knox” of uranium storage, and U.S. lawmakers want to know how that was possible.

The facility is a major storage center for highly enriched uranium, a key component of nuclear bombs. The security breach at what was supposed to be one of the most secure facilities in the United States has raised new questions about a plan to overhaul oversight of nuclear laboratories and weapons plants.

An internal Energy Department watchdog found guards ignored motion sensors because they are routinely triggered by wildlife, and a security camera that should have shown the break-in had been broken for about six months.

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