OAK RIDGE — Emerging details about a security alert at the federal government’s Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge reveal three aging activists staged the protest.
According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, guards found an 82-year-old Roman Catholic nun, a gardener and a housepainter splashing blood and painting messages on the $549 million storage bunker that holds the nation’s primary supply of bomb-grade uranium.
The intrusion early Saturday resulted in armed security guards being scrambled to find Megean Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli hanging banners in the dark and reportedly singing and offering to break bread with them.
Details about how they got into the high-security area aren’t known.
Y-12 spokesman Steven Wyatt said the protesters put themselves at high risk of losing their lives with the demonstration.