NEW: Bush orders reduction in US nuclear weapons stockpile

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush has approved a major reduction in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

It will cut it to less than one-quarter its size at the end of the Cold War.

For Tennessee, the plan will continue changes already in the works at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, which is the nation's main storehouse for weapons-grade uranium.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the Y-12 complex will continue housing the stockpile of weapons-grade uranium and build parts as needed to maintain the smaller arsenal.

Tom D'Agostino, head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said the plant would still perform many of the same missions, but it would be on a smaller and more secure scale.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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