465 laid off at Savannah River Site

More than 450 employees at Savannah River Site were laid off Thursday by the company that manages radioactive waste programs at the site.

The company, Savannah River Remediation, sent a memo to all employees reading in part “I regret that we have to take this step, but I encourage you to avoid the distractions that these workforce changes can cause.” The memo was signed by Savannah River Remediation President Stuart MacVean.

The U.S. Department of Energy will provide assistance to the 465 laid-off workers under a restructuring plan announced in July.

The laid-off employees will receive two weeks’ pay and a severance payment equal to one week’s pay for each full year of service up to a maximum of 26 weeks.

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