MOX worker job fair scheduled for early December, internal invite says

November 10, 2018

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, on behalf of the National Nuclear Security Administration, is hosting a job fair for those who work at the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, according to an invite obtained by the Aiken Standard.

The job fair is scheduled for Dec. 5, 4-8 p.m. The event — closed to the general public — will be held at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 2049 Champion Way.

Job fair invites, specifically welcoming MOX Services employees, were circulated through the project workforce on Nov. 5. MOX Services is the prime contractor for the MOX project.

Participating companies include SRNS, Savannah River Remediation, Parsons and Centerra.

SRR is the current, and incumbent, liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site. Parsons is the Salt Waste Processing Facility contractor. Centerra-SRS is the Site’s physical security force.

“Other” companies will also attend, according to the invite, but they are not specifically listed.

SRNS is the SRS management and operations contractor — the private team that essentially runs the Site.

The NNSA, a semiautonomous U.S. Department of Energy agency, oversees the nation’s nuclear complex. The NNSA also oversees the MOX project, which the agency terminated in full on Oct. 10.

On Nov. 8, the first round of layoff notifications were pushed out at MOX, an over-budget, incomplete facility designed to transform weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors.

In an internal bulletin sent to MOX workers, which the Aiken Standard also obtained, project president David Del Vecchio described the situation as “a very stressful time for everyone.”

On Thursday, one MOX worker the Aiken Standard has been in contact with described the atmosphere at the project as “depressing.”

In an Oct. 30 communication, MOX Services insisted laid-off workers would get help finding future employment.

There is “an organized effort between MOX Services and the SRS employers in an attempt to assist the workforce,” according to the communication. Other efforts include one-on-one counseling, resume collections as well as potential stress management and financial planning classes, according to the same information.

“Rest assured, your continued success is our top priority,” the message reads.

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