DOE: Additional layoffs at SRS not needed

AIKEN  — The U.S. Department of Energy says additional layoffs aren't needed now at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.

The Aiken Standard reports today that necessary restructuring at the former nuclear weapons complex can be done without costing additional jobs.

In December, the company that manages the site said nearly 1,100 employees would be laid off in two phases between January and August of this year. That's on top of more than 300 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employees who opted to leave voluntarily.

Work at the site that once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs is now focused mostly on research and environmental cleanup.

The site received about $1.6 billion in federal stimulus cash that funded 1,000 jobs. Those are not included among the 1,400 jobs being eliminated.

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