Guard teams train for dirty bomb at nuclear weapons plant

Oak Ridge, Anderson County (AP) -- Emergency responders are training for a dirty bomb attack in what seems like a perfect setting, a nuclear weapons plant.

The Department of Energy's Y-12 complex in Oak Ridge has converted a 20,000-square-foot, World War II-era research facility into a facility offering radiological field training.

Officials say the facility is used by civil support teams and is the only center of its kind in the country.

The training site has high bays, hot cells, change rooms, research labs, control rooms and office space that can be used to replicate all sorts of natural or terrorist disasters involving radioactivity.

Program manager Kurt Westerman says the training is often the first time teams have been in an environment that duplicates what they might actually see in a terrorist event or disaster.

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