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Layoffs to come by fall at SRS

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A new round of voluntary-separation offers will allow only one of Savannah River Site's three main contractors to escape layoffs later this year.

The companies -- Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation and Wackenhut Services Inc. -- were warned May 16 that federal budget cuts would reduce the Department of Energy's environmental management section funding by $380 million in the coming year.

The companies announced plans to reduce their workforces and immediately began searching for employees willing to leave or retire early.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions closed its voluntary-separation window last week after 185 workers agreed to leave. Those departures followed earlier downsizing efforts in which 328 workers accepted voluntary separation and 342 were laid off in March.

"By the end of June, we will have reduced our workforce by 855 positions since the start of the DOE approved workforce restructuring plan," company spokesman D.T. Townsend said in an e-mailed response to questions. "At this time, we still anticipate the need for an involuntary separation of approximately 545 positions."

The company's current workforce is about 5,500.

The majority of those remaining reductions will occur as layoffs in late August, with about 125 more positions affected in October.

The other two companies announced plans to eliminate 100 positions each.

Savannah River Remediation spokesman Dean Campbell said the company found 100 workers willing to accept the "Self Select Package" for voluntary separation. Its total employment before those departures was 2,716.

Wackenhut, whose security workforce totaled 777 employees in May, identified 21 workers willing to leave voluntarily, spokesman Rob Davis said, leaving 79 positions that still must be eliminated.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/11 - 06:18 pm
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So not only do they leave the

So not only do they leave the nuclear wastes here instead of sending it to Yucca Mt. where billions went to prepare the storage site, now they take the jobs from here. Pretty soon the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office will be the only ones guarding the rusting drums full of radioactive waste before long.

Maybe they can use some of that stuff for awesome Independence Day celebrations. The crowd follows the flight of the rocket up, watching the orange tail and then when the deep blue center light appears and explodes into smaller fireworks, the crowd goes aaaaahhhhhhhh, then there is a mushroom cloud and everyone is vaporized.

OJP
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OJP 06/28/11 - 07:44 pm
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But the Federal Government

But the Federal Government can't stimulate the economy by spending!1!!!1

PR
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PR 06/28/11 - 08:18 pm
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SRNS wouldn't have problems
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SRNS wouldn't have problems if thier management knew what they were doing....but they don't. They have serious cost control issues. When I worked there our shop was over $90k over budget at the end of the year because the department manager didn't know how to have people use proper procedures for reporting the weekly expenses. He had us charge everytihng to the overhead accout instead of to each site area. Perfect example of the 'peter prinicple' at work.

Augusta Jacket
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Augusta Jacket 06/28/11 - 08:39 pm
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I believe Joe Wilson's

I believe Joe Wilson's district is parts of Aiken County (You lie!)...pay back sucks

Insider Information
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Insider Information 06/28/11 - 09:10 pm
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President Obama: Welcome to

President Obama: Welcome to the summer of recovery.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/29/11 - 07:13 am
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Cut the budget! Cut the

Cut the budget! Cut the budget! Cut the budget! Wait, not here!

edwardc
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edwardc 06/29/11 - 08:23 am
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According to this article,

According to this article, they have 9000+ people getting paid down there now, with most of the plant shut down for the past decade. They ran it with 5000 people when the whole thing was in full operation. This is why our country is going bankrupt! My guess is that a total of 2000 people down there now is too many. Those are BIG welfare checks going down there, not measley little payments.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/29/11 - 08:46 am
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Sad for these folks......

Sad for these folks......

Chillen
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Chillen 06/29/11 - 09:06 am
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Hire....Lay-off....Hire....Fi

Hire....Lay-off....Hire....Fire....Hire.....Lay-off

What in the world are they doing over there?!!

hounddog
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hounddog 06/29/11 - 10:01 am
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WHAT HAPPEN TO THE $1.6
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WHAT HAPPEN TO THE $1.6 BILLION STIMULUS MONEY. WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS WE HAVE RUNNING THIS COUNTRY

mc
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mc 06/29/11 - 12:21 pm
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Can't see why they would need

Can't see why they would need 777 guards. But it will hurt our economy. When are they going to cut the budget and cut some polititions jobs.

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obkad 06/29/11 - 05:45 pm
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Many do not understand what

Many do not understand what will happen when these layoffs occur. Current plant configuration is such that the high level waste currently sitting in the storage tanks will continue to sit as SRS and the government have yet to decide what to do with it. There are technologies for keeping the waste within the tanks for 30 more years but DOE refuses to utilize the new technology because the envro, weenies don't want it there. Well good, where is it going to go answer that....and what do you propose to do with it... They have no answers but grant this... disaster is coming if they don't do something now.. the facility is old, getting older and the current people running this facility haven't a clue what to do...In tank precipitation (ITP) 500 million waste, ran for 1 month and shut down. K-Area cooling tower 2 billion, ran for 5 months and shut down, now MOX will falter.... let's do the big picture items so everyone can celebrate but and see what we've done only to turn heads away from what is actually needed, Repair, and replace aging structures.....there is a lot of 'management' fat there that can be trimmed, hey novel concept.. get rid of the lardbutts that sit there and draw paychecks for nothing.... keep the workers,,,, oops... it's a government facility,, work is a four letter word....

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salmon910 06/29/11 - 09:52 pm
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the "change you can believe

the "change you can believe in" - Obama

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gadoggirl 06/30/11 - 05:04 pm
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I've been out there. 5 tiers

I've been out there. 5 tiers of management over me. All working OT, all non-exempt working OT 5 & 6 12.5 hour days when we got money until it runs out. I'm sure they are still doing that. Some of the people in charge I just couldn't believe. Bunch of uneducated lucky idiots that are in the click - you rub my back I rub yours, kinda mentality.

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