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Fed Force For Nuke Security Eyed

The Energy Department for the first time is looking at creating a federal police force to guard nuclear weapons facilities and plans to remove weapons-usable nuclear materials from some sites to protect against terrorists. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Friday that consolidation of nuclear material to fewer sites is “one of the surest ways” to increase protection of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium from terrorists. In a speech prepared for security personnel at the Savannah River nuclear site in South Carolina, Abraham said that the possibility of replacing private guards with a federal security force at Energy Department weapons sites is being seriously discussed. He also said he is considering creating an elite security unit to guard high-priority facilities. Full Story

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