OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — "Federal agents in charge of safely transporting nuclear materials took 3,400 rounds of ammunition from a training exercise in Texas back to Tennessee on board a government plane without declaring it.
The agents from the Office of Secure Transportation moved the rounds aboard a plane owned by the National Nuclear Security Administration in December 2005, according to a report from the Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General reviewed by The Knoxville News Sentinel.
The report found that most of the ammunition was later turned into a federal armory, and as of this year there were still 119 rounds unaccounted for.
The inspectors also found that some of the agents "apparently attempted to conceal the fact that armor-piercing rounds were lost, missing or stolen by turning in regular ammunition rounds that had their tips colored black to look like armor-piercing ammunition."
The inspectors concluded that the OST, which transports nuclear weapons, warhead components and special nuclear materials, does not adequately keep track of its ammunition."
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