Savannah River Remediation furloughed 1,400 employees Thursday due to the government’s budget impasse.
The liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site said the furloughs are “until further notice,” but the company will retain about 360 employees to maintain facilities in a safe - but non-operating - mode.
“As you are probably aware, the annual funding for the Federal Government expired at midnight on September 30,” company president Ken Rueter said in an email to employees announcing the furloughs.
Workers will be notified when they will be able to return, he said. “Like you, we do not know how long this shut down will continue.”
Savannah River Remediation has been the site’s liquid waste contractor since 2009 and is comprised of a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox.
The company also laid off 465 workers in September due to anticipated budget cuts for fiscal 2014.
The company, whose workforce was reduced from 2,165 to about 1,700 employees, manages the U.S. Energy Department site’s radioactive waste programs, including underground storage tanks, saltstone processing and the Defense Waste Processing Facility.