New security leaders appointed at nuclear site

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(AP) – The security contractor at a Tennessee plant that stores the nation’s supply of highly enriched uranium has appointed an acting general manager almost two weeks after three protesters, including an 82-year-old nun, got into a high-security area.

Officials say the protesters on July 28 were found hanging banners in the dark, singing and offering to break bread with the security guards at Y-12 Oak Ridge National Security Complex in Knoxville. They were arrested and officials say all nuclear materials are safe.

Oak Ridge confirmed to the Knoxville News Sentinel Wednesday that Steven C. Hafner will replace the removed Lee Brooks as general manager. The Y-12 Protective Force director, Gary Brandon, also was relieved of duty. Both he and Brooks will be reassigned.

The plant provides nuclear fuel for the Navy and research reactors worldwide.

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