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SRS reducing costs, workers amid funding shortfall

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 8:47 PM
Last updated Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 12:39 AM
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Savannah River Site’s management contractor briefed its 4,600 employees on Thurs­day about cost-cutting efforts spawned by a fiscal 2013 budget shortfall of $175 million.

In a video shared with workers, Savannah River Nu­clear Solutions officials said the funding challenge is significant and has the greatest effect on environmental management projects, where the shortfall amounts to a 25 percent reduction that became apparent in Septemb­er, just weeks before the 2013 budget year began Oct. 1.

Steps taken to reduce costs include eliminating 341 employees through voluntary separation and the release of about 440 staff augmentation and craft workers.

So far, the cost-cutting efforts have enabled the company to save about $70 million, said Jim Hanna, the senior vice president of corporate services.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to be as efficient as we can,” he said.

Employees were also briefed on a plan to operate only with essential personnel during the three holiday weeks, when most workers will be urged to use vacation time. Hanna said workers who stay home during the holiday weeks have enough leave time to ensure they will be paid.

“Based on the timing of this effort, we do not foresee anyone without enough vacation time to charge it to their time bank,” he said.

A new stipulation requires workers to use all leave time earned during fiscal 2013 during the year, he said.

Until the budget issues can be resolved with the U.S. Department of Energy and its congressional funding sources, the priorities are first to meet regulatory commitments, then to ensure continued operations at H Can­yon and retention of core competencies at the Savan­nah River National Labor­a­tory, Hanna said.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/09/12 - 12:02 am
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Join the rest of the country.

Join the rest of the country.

wayne2410
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wayne2410 11/09/12 - 05:53 am
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Yep, the libs want to gut the

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Yep, the libs want to gut the military and all the industry supporting it will suffer also. More unemployment, more people on govt support, less revenue being generated because less people are working, and a sinking morale nationwide. The liberal utopia is upon us, hang on tight.

ROCKRHONDA
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ROCKRHONDA 11/09/12 - 07:36 am
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SRS

THE BIG LAYOFFS ARE COMING AND THANKS TO THE ELECTION OF OBAMA THE BUDGET WILL GET EVEN SMALLER.

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 11/09/12 - 08:19 am
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As bad as this is,stay tuned

As bad as this is,stay tuned today for more drama from one of our iconic local employers.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 11/09/12 - 08:23 am
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essential mission: clean-up

At all costs, the clean-up mission at SRS must be protected as it's needed to protect public health and the environment. Most of the jobs are in clean-up as well. Huge and costly programs like the painfully troubled $7 billion MOX plant construction are inefficient and have no clear mission and it's useless programs like that which should simply be eliminated.

elyag0
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elyag0 11/09/12 - 10:19 am
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SRS

Total agree with the above statement not only is the MOX project a waste so is the salt water treatment plant. We are building this for what reason? People would not believe the reason. Only thing that should go on at that place is clean as much as you can. The government will never be able to walk away from that place because of the radioactive crap that was allow to go on for years unchecked.

MOXrocks
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MOXrocks 11/09/12 - 02:40 pm
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MOX

Well for one, MOX will satisfy an international agreement to dispose of many nuclear weapons that will be rendered useless by terrorists. Or we can keep safeguarding material at around $500M/yr. SCEagle Eye will never give any sound reason of why the MOX plant should be shutdown other than it has no clear mission. Quite the contrary (first sentence). In essence MOX is a clean up mission that creates a clear path forward for material disposition and if this country would wise up we could recycle material with very little waste. Ask France, 85%+ powered by nuclear with lifetime waste of every citizen to fit in a lipstick case. Use your brain.

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rmwhitley 11/09/12 - 06:30 pm
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democrats are going to

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raise taxes and reduce an already pitifully weak work force. Jan. 2, 2013. Mark that on your calenders.

Radwaste
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Radwaste 11/09/12 - 09:25 pm
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Salt WATER? No.

elyag0, please get to a Citizen's Advisory Board meeting, or simply visit the SRS Web site.

The Salt WASTE Processing Facility is important. You obviously don't know this, but there are over 35 million gallons of waste to be processed at SRS.

Got a solution? No? Then perhaps, if you don't, simply calling for some kind of halt is simply unjustified, the product of uninformed opinion.

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