The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing a “workforce restructuring plan” designed to lessen the impact of potential layoffs to Savannah River Site contractor employees and the surrounding community.
Under the plan, the department would provide varying levels of assistance to displaced workers, including voluntary and involuntary separation programs; policies for retraining and rehiring; and outplacement services to help workers find new jobs.
The number of workers at the site has varied from year to year based on funding, missions and other factors, and the largest contractors are Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation and security provider Wackenhut Services.
Although unrelated to the new restructuring plan, the threat of layoffs has also loomed for workers at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s mixed oxide fuel facility, where surplus plutonium would be blended into commercial reactor fuel.
Congress is reviewing the administration’s proposal to scale back work on the project, which is 60 percent complete, while less expensive options are studied.
If proposed cuts are adopted, workforce reductions could be necessary within Shaw Areva MOX Services, the contractor on the MOX project, which has about 2,100 employees at the site.
The Savannah River Site Workforce Restructuring Plan will be completed at the end of the public comment period and after comments have been resolved, DOE said in a news release Monday.
Comments will be accepted until July 22 and can be sent to:
Joe Da Via, Contract Industrial Relations Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Operations Office, Office of Acquisition Management, P.O. Box A, Aiken, SC 29802-0000; or e-mailed to Joe.DaVia@srs.gov.