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Savannah River Nuclear Solutions prepares for shutdown impacts

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 2:21 PM
Last updated 8:31 PM
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Savannah River Site’s largest contractor notified employees this week that the federal government’s funding impasse will affect them if the shutdown is not resolved.

In a brief webcast, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President Dwayne Wilson said there are no furloughs in effect now, but the site’s complex nuclear operations could begin ramping down in some areas when current funding runs out in late October.

The Fluor Corp.-led management contractor, which currently has about 5,000 employees, oversees a variety of U.S. Energy Department facilities including Savannah River National Laboratory.

Since the budget year began Oct. 1, SRNS has been operating with carryover funds that remained in its budget from the previous fiscal year – and which are likely to run out by late October.

Other contractors haven’t been as fortunate. On Oct. 3, liquid waste contractor Savannah River Remediation furloughed about 1,400 of its workers, leaving just 360 employees to oversee programs that include managing high-level radioactive waste in underground storage tanks.

In his webcast, Wilson said there are ongoing efforts to determine the best actions to be taken, and when those actions will be required.

He asked that all employees remain focused on their mission to provide high quality products and services safely and securely.

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