Pantex placed on lockdown : News : KGBT 4 AMARILLO, TEXAS -- The Pantex Plant, located in the Texas Panhandle, has been placed on lockdown. Below is the official release from the plant. NEWS RELEASE Pantex Activates Emergency Response Organization 1. · The Plant is in a lockdown status and the situation is being evaluated in order to facilitate security actions. Pantex employees are sheltered-in-place. 2. · Pantexs response effort is being conducted by the Emergency Response Organization, a highly trained group of employees with detailed knowledge of plant operations and emergency response procedures. These employees represent plant functions such as security, logistics, safety, medical response, radiological assessment, firefighting, operations and public information. 3. · The emergency responders top priorities are the safety of the public, workers and the environment, as well as ensuring security is maintained. 4. · Pantex is also in the process of establishing communication links with various local, state and federal government agencies that will work with Pantex and communicate with the public during the response to this event. Public Information Public information for this event is currently being coordinated by the Pantex Public Affairs Organization, which will release additional information as it becomes available. Public Affairs will notify the media regarding scheduling interviews and/or news conferences. Background Information The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration Pantex Plant is the nations only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. Located about 17 miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas, the facility is managed and operated by B&W Pantex. Pantexs missions include assembly and disassembly of nuclear weapons; maintenance, modification and evaluation of nuclear weapons; interim storage of plutonium pits from dismantled nuclear weapons; and fabrication of high explosive components for nuclear weapons. More information about Pantex is available on the web at www.pantex.com.