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SRS contractor furloughs 1,400

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 5:20 PM
Last updated Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 1:36 AM
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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.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 10/03/13 - 06:12 pm
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Number laid off?

If they can keep their work 'safe' with 360 our of 1700 then the 'real' work could probably be done with a layoff of a good portion of those furloughed. We all know that ALL government agencies are overweight with workers. Hope the current fed furloughs will make congress rethink the number of federal workers but we know this won't happen because congress doesn't want to distance from 'their' constituents!

Radwaste
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Radwaste 10/03/13 - 07:34 pm
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Sweet son?

This is very simple: It doesn't take as many people to maintain a bus or plane in a parking garage as it does to run it, and this is the case with waste processing, too.
Learn about the process. Attend the next Citizen's Advisory Board meeting.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 10/03/13 - 07:40 pm
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Hey Joe, you own this

Now we can see what future Representative Joe Wilson has in mind for SRS employees and dealing with the the greatest risk to the state's environment. Playing politics above all.

KSL
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KSL 10/03/13 - 08:05 pm
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sceagle

Sounds like you want to have it both ways, from what I have read of your comments.

etlinks
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etlinks 10/04/13 - 07:39 am
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Sad times for the plant.

I would like to see a break down of management vs workers furloughed and layoff numbers. Its always been too many chiefs and not enough indians at SRS going back to 1989.

Watermedic
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Watermedic 10/04/13 - 07:51 am
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Layoffs

Managers are at the top of the list for layoffs. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to determine that day to day operations take the hands on workers and not the suit and ties.

etlinks
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etlinks 10/04/13 - 08:26 am
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Watermedic thats in the real

Watermedic thats in the real world not at SRS.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 10/04/13 - 08:35 am
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win-win: jobs and clean-up

SRS jobs that help the economy in the Aiken area and that also focus on the essential clean-up of the radioactive mess at the site are a win-win combo. So, yes, I do want it both ways. KSL, its hard to fathom why you might be against that dynamic job/clean-up punch. Throwing massive amounts of tax-payer money at the mismanaged, non-essential budget-busting MOX project is a skunk of another stripe.

Watermedic
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Watermedic 10/04/13 - 11:37 am
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Real World

Actually, according to a few managers that I know out there, they were the first employees scheduled for furlough days. Not the workers under them.

The Gov't shutdown may have different guidelines.

grinder48
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grinder48 10/04/13 - 02:43 pm
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What's the other (and larger) SRS contractor - SRNS - doing about all this?

KSL
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KSL 10/04/13 - 03:02 pm
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sceagle

And how do you feel about Yucca Mt.?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/04/13 - 03:28 pm
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KSL @ 3:02

"And how do you feel about Yucca Mt.?"

I truly believe that Yucca Mt. was a political favor from The Obama Administration to Sen Harry Reid!! I would be TOTALLY blown out of the water to find out other-wise!! WHAT A WASTE OF TAXES!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/04/13 - 03:33 pm
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Sweet Son @ 6:12 PM yesterday

"If they can keep their work 'safe' with 360 our of 1700 then the 'real' work could probably be done with a layoff of a good portion of those furloughed. We all know that ALL government agencies are overweight with workers"

I couldn't have said it better!! I know our local economy is made much better by SRS, BUT too much employment is just that!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/04/13 - 03:37 pm
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Radwaste @ 7:34 PM yesterday

"Learn about the process. Attend the next Citizen's Advisory Board meeting"

I would be interested in going to one of those meetings, BUT I lived it for 6 years!! I saw MORE TAX dollars wasted than my stomach could hardly handle!!

KSL
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KSL 10/04/13 - 05:05 pm
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Bled

You mean not going forward was the favor, right?

KSL
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KSL 10/04/13 - 05:06 pm
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If so

Obama wasted big bucks.
By the way, does anyone know if the Obama dogs' $100,000+ caretaker has been furloughed or is he considered essential?

KSL
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KSL 10/04/13 - 05:09 pm
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Or did they by perchance hire

Or did they by perchance hire a second one for the new dog (to make employment numbers look better)?

Radwaste
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Radwaste 10/04/13 - 06:00 pm
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Just 6 years?

Hard to understand why you could not continue.

Basically, you've just said you haven't been to any CAB meetings. How could you know what is going on there today?

There are 37 million gallons of waste in tanks up to 60 years old at SRS. This is not a car you can keep up on blocks.

Also, existing projects to grout Tanks, remove waste tank contents and process via MCU are ahead of schedule - and not a doctored schedule, either.

You might be interested to know that as an operator, I lament the ridiculous Federal regulations covering nearly every movement one can make at SRS, even as I note the delicious irony that some of these regulations were written with the intent of reducing fraud, but ended up being more expensive than employee theft would have been.

But I don't just whine. I have used official channels to reduce waste and conserve resources. What did you do when you were there?

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 10/06/13 - 04:38 pm
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MOX fate bleak, tax payers happy

Speaking of abuse of tax payers via the waste of massive amounts of money at SRS, I sense that the MOX/AREVA bureaucrats who have engaged in wonton mis-spending may have set the budget-slashing sharks on to their trail. One day not too far off, fiscal conservatives may have reason to celebrate when the plug is pulled on the mismanaged MOX debacle that has been protected, until now, by the big-spenders led by Senator Lindsey Graham and Rep. Joe Wilson.

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H1 10/07/13 - 11:49 am
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Restart of Operations

Has SRR Management address the issue of Restarting the Facilities or performing a Restart ORR? Many of the Facilities are past their "Design Life" and have not been properly maintained. In other words, how do you re-qualify a piece of equipment which has been run into the ground.

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