Savannah River Remediation has filed its own draft workforce restructuring plan just days after the Savannah River Site released a request for public comment on its restructuring plan.


Savannah River Remediation's plan comes in response to the proposed cuts to liquid waste operations on the Site.


“SRR has submitted a draft workforce restructuring plan to DOE for review based on the President's Budget Request for FY14,” said interim Savannah River Remediation President Stuart MacVean in his message to employees.


According to President Barrack Obama's FY14 budget request, waste contractors, such as Savannah River Remediation, will in fact be taking financial hits. Total funding for tank waste cleanup operations was cut to $644.5 million in the budget, which is a $183 million drop from the current funding level.


“DOE's planning guidance in this area is consistent with how past activities have been carried out,” MacVean said. “If contractors at SRS need to submit a workforce restructuring plan in the future, they follow the guidance in the overall SRS plan.”


According to Savannah River Remediation representatives, the plan is still in draft form and is currently under review by the Department of Energy.


Savannah River Remediation initiated a workforce restructuring program in late 2012, asking employees to volunteer to leave the Site or retire. Employees who applied and were approved for program were told they would receive severance of one week's pay for every full year of eligibility service.


Savannah River Remediation is a team of companies that is led by the URS Corporation. It is a liquid waste contractor and currently holds the liquid waste contract at the Savannah River Site.


Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.