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Originally published Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

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3 protesters accused of trespassing at nuke site

Officials say three protesters have been arrested for trespassing and defacing a building in a high-security area of a nuclear weapons site in Tennessee.

The Associated Press

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. —

Officials say three protesters have been arrested for trespassing and defacing a building in a high-security area of a nuclear weapons site in Tennessee.

Steven Wyatt is a spokesman for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. He says the activists spray painted the building and defaced it with a substance that looked like blood. The protesters were arrested early Saturday.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/MU8CD3 ) the activists were members of an anti-nuclear weapons group called Transform Now Plowshares.

The group's spokeswoman, Ellen Barfield, says the three protesters had to cut through fences to get to the building.

The Department of Energy is investigating the security breach.

Y-12 maintains the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile and provides nuclear fuel for the Navy and for research reactors worldwide.

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