Savannah River Remediation anticipates it will be cutting hundreds of jobs before Oct. 1.
Dr. David Moody with the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site, has stated that the job cutting process is still going on.
“We're still in the process, so I can't tell you any specific numbers,” Moody said. “But there will be jobs lost in the hundreds before October.”
Moody shared the contractor's efforts with U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., during the congressman's visit to the Site today.
“We certainly communicated our theme, 'We Deliver,'” Moody said. “You give us a budget and we're closing tanks, we're working off hazardous materials and we're reducing risks. So, we had a conversation that we needed a budget. He (Wilson) understands that completely and is doing what he can to help improve the situation.”
According to Moody, there will be layoff notices issued before the job losses, similar to the 60-day notice issued earlier this year to Shaw AREVA MOX employees. Also like MOX, Savannah River Remediation foresees complications with completing its tasks due to the loss of jobs.
“It will slow down the retrieval of high level waste out of the tanks,” he said.
“It will make it more difficult to meet our commitment to the state on cleaning and closing tanks. So, we will be looking to recover that.”
Savannah River Remediation is the SRS liquid waste contractor. It is comprised of a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Important subcontractors for the contract include AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.
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.