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Savannah River Site's new management firm pledged Tuesday to seek an orderly transition for the 7,000 employees it will oversee starting Aug. 1.

"It's now 80 days away, and we're ahead of schedule," said Chuck Munns, the president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC.

Mr. Munns told about 400 employees who gathered for a town hall meeting at Bell Auditorium that most employees will see few changes when the corporation begins its five-year, $4 billion contract to oversee a host of nuclear programs including the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Responding to questions from employees and contractors, Mr. Munns said all maintenance and operations workers will be offered jobs, and many will have their same jobs. Exceptions include about 100 "unprotected" management positions.

Though the new manager plans to maintain the site's excellent reputation for safety, security and timely shipment of nuclear materials, there are some definite changes, said Mr. Munns, a retired Navy vice admiral who once commanded a U.S. nuclear submarine squadron. The Savannah River lab and veteran scientists will play a role in the changing face of nuclear science and evolving technology, he said.

"We also plan to work very hard at tapping human capital and its energy," he said

About 20 senior managers of the new partnership introduced themselves to employees Tuesday, offering brief comments on their backgrounds and objectives.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions was formed by Fluor Daniel as the senior partner with Northrop Grumman and Honeywell. The partnership was chosen by the Department of Energy over Washington Savannah River Co., which has operated the site for 18 years.

Tuesday's meeting was the first of two this week. The second will be at 6 p.m. Friday, at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 375 Robert M. Bell Parkway in Aiken.

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

MISSION AREAS


ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP: Management of spent nuclear fuel, nuclear materials and non-high-level radioactive waste; deactivation and decommissioning of excess facilities; remediation of soil and groundwater. Support of the DOE national security and nonproliferation programs.


OPERATION OF THE SAVANNAH RIVER NATIONAL LABORATORY: Supports departmental environmental cleanup, energy security and national security missions.


NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY: Operation of the tritium facilities, completion of the plutonium disposition program and disposition of highly enriched uranium.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

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stadry
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stadry 05/14/08 - 04:56 am
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fluor-danie's on a large roll

fluor-danie's on a large roll if their stock's performance is any indicator

iletuknow
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iletuknow 05/14/08 - 07:00 am
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Glorified garbage dump

Glorified garbage dump

426Hemi
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426Hemi 05/14/08 - 07:46 am
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iletuknow knows nothing...you

iletuknow knows nothing...you a tree hugger?

godogs
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godogs 05/14/08 - 09:00 am
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I hope this company will be

I hope this company will be true to it's word of an easy transition and be considerate of the fact that many employees such as my husband and many family members have given this site many, many years of faithful service and dedicated work service. It is always hard to go through any type of transition when a new company comes on board, but hopefully this company will be what it has claimed, a community based company that cares about it's employees, families and the community as a whole. We all know that you will get and keep dedicated workers when you are honest and a truthful leader. Jesus was the almighty but a servant as well.

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elpi 05/14/08 - 10:43 am
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Southernmomma, I can tell you

Southernmomma, I can tell you first-hand, SRNS has "honest and truthful" leaders. Please have faith. I encourage you and your husband and others to continue your dedication to the betterment of SRS, your community and each other.

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i.b.e.w..electric 05/14/08 - 11:39 am
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biggest problem with fluor is

biggest problem with fluor is the fact that they love hiring illegals

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SCEagle Eye 05/15/08 - 08:34 am
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Let's hope that SRNS keep the

Let's hope that SRNS keep the focus on the king issues at SRS - environmental management and helps wean the site off or away big-government, big spending programs like plutonium fuel (MOX) or reprocessing (GNEP), which maximize cost to us tax payers and cause negative environmental, proliferation and health impacts.

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