Strike at nuclear site stirs terrorism fears
The Energy Department is sending its top security official to the Texas weapons plant to conduct an urgent review.
By Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
May 24, 2007
The Energy Department, facing concerns that a fractious strike by unionized guards is leaving a nuclear weapons plant in Texas vulnerable to a terrorist attack, is dispatching its top security official to conduct an urgent assessment at the site, officials said Wednesday.
The strike by 524 highly trained nuclear weapons guards is entering its sixth week at the Energy Department’s Pantex plant near Amarillo, the nation’s primary site for servicing nuclear weapons and one of the most heavily guarded industrial plants.