OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation’s new energy secretary says he’s taking steps to make sure that security at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee isn’t compromised again.
Ernest Moniz (moh-NEEZ’) made the Oak Ridge National Laboratory his first official trip in office on Monday. He also visited the Y-12 National Security Complex, which was broken into by a nun and two other protesters last year.
Sister Megan Rice and protesters Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed (BOHR’-chee OH’-bed) were convicted last month of sabotaging the plant and damaging federal property.
A judge has ruled they must remain in jail until they are sentenced in September.
Moniz says safety and security are essential core elements of the U.S. Energy Department’s mission.