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LANL contractor lays off workers

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Waste > Workforce trimmed after contract expires

By The Staff

 

The Los Alamos contractor that packaged the radioactive waste linked to a leak at the government’s nuclear waste dump is laying off workers.

A Los Alamos spokesman Wednesday confirmed that Energy Solutions has reduced its workforce by 115 because its contract for packing the waste for shipment to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad expired June 30. 

That is the date the lab was supposed to have thousands of barrels of contaminated waste off its northern New Mexico campus. But the final shipments were halted after the February leak that shuttered WIPP was traced to a barrel packed by Energy Solutions.

The lab statement said, “We have been informed by Energy Solutions of a reduction in force of 115 personnel by the end of June. These reductions in force coincide with the long scheduled expiration of the laboratory’s subcontract with Energy Solutions on June 30.  We thank these men and women for their contributions to the laboratory and we wish them well.” 

In all, 34 people were let got March 30, another 23 on June 2 and 58 effective Monday.


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