For the second time in as many months, a major Savannah River Site contractor is seeking workers willing to resign or retire as part of a workforce reduction approved by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The contractor, Savannah River Remediation, is in charge of the site’s liquid waste cleanup operations, including the closure of Cold War-era storage tanks filled with radioactive waste.
In a memo to employees, company President Dave Olson said the “self-select voluntary separation program” announced Monday is part of a “workforce management initiative to balance costs and resources.”
“SRR has accomplished much since taking over as the SRS Liquid Waste contractor in July 2009,” the memo said. “However, as some projects come to a close and budgets continue to be reduced, we have to realign our workforce to ensure we have the right skills on the right jobs.”
Olson did not say how many positions would be affected, but employees willing to volunteer to leave will have until Oct. 8 to apply. Approved employees will receive severance of one week’s pay for each year of service, up to 26 weeks, and possible eligibility for medical coverage.
The site’s primary contractor, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, issued a similar appeal Aug. 31 in efforts to reduce its workforce.
SRNS was authorized in 2010 to reduce its workforce by as many as 1,400 positions. Through August, 1,065 workers had left.