Savannah River Remediation's 465 layoffs were effective as of Thursday with employees' last day on the payroll slated for Sept. 27.

In his letter to employees, interim president Stuart MacVean wrote, “Employees have been selected for separation based on forecasts of staffing levels needed to safely support projected scope without the necessity for rehiring of separated employees or backfilling of the positions of separated employees. Separating employees' last day on the rolls will be September 27, 2013.”

“Workers were notified yesterday and given two weeks pay instead of working until Sept. 27,” Savannah River Remediation Public Affairs Manager Dean Campbell added in an email on Friday.

Benefits are still being offered to the affected employees. Outplacement services are available through the State of Georgia Department of Labor and/or the State of South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

In addition, the selected employees who meet plan eligibility requirements can retire under the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Multiple Employer Pension Plan. Eligible employees will also receive a preference-in-hiring for positions in the Department of Energy and its contractors.

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.