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Third wave of MOX layoff notices issued Thursday

January 4, 2019

More Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility workers have received layoff notices.

The third layoff wave – of a total expected four – commenced at the terminated MOX project early Thursday morning, a person familiar with the matter said.

It is not immediately clear how many people were affected this time around, but the process again took hours to complete, the person familiar said. As of end-of-year 2018, more than 1,000 MOX workers had already been issued layoff notifications.

Previous MOX layoff waves affected hundreds of CB&I Project Services Group and Orano Federal Services employees respectively.

MOX, an incomplete venture at the Savannah River Site meant to turn weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear fuel, was canceled on Oct. 10, 2018, by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

The NNSA is a semiautonomous U.S. Department of Energy agency that operates at the Savannah River Site and oversees the MOX project.

The final round of layoffs at the MOX project is scheduled for the week of Jan. 28, according to internal communications previously obtained by the Aiken Standard.

At the time of contract cancellation, the MOX workforce comprised roughly 1,700 people.

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