Another 100-plus MOX layoffs scheduled for beginning of 2019

November 17, 2018

Another 114 Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility-related jobs are on the chopping block, bringing the current total to more than 600.

A mass-layoff spreadsheet maintained by S.C. Works, a statewide employment agency and initiative, lists the latest batch as belonging to Orano Federal Services. The spreadsheet was last updated Nov. 15.

On Nov. 8, the spreadsheet was updated to include 502 CB&I Project Services Group layoffs.

Both companies are involved with the withering MOX project at the Savannah River Site.

The Orano and CB&I layoffs will happen together: The spreadsheet lists the shared layoff date as Jan. 7, 2019. Both layoff sects have Aiken listed as the relevant location.

The National Nuclear Security Administration – following a legal tug-of-war – terminated the MOX contract in full Oct. 10. The termination was effective immediately.

The first round of layoff notifications at MOX was issued last week.

MOX – an incomplete facility more than a decade in the making – is designed to turn weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors. U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry moved to kill the project in May, the same time the NNSA and the U.S. Department of Defense recommended repurposing its infrastructure for a nuclear stockpile mission.

In September, NNSA leader Lisa Gordon-Hagerty reasserted Perry’s plans in writing to U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas.

Del Vecchio has, in an internal memo, described the apparent closeout of MOX as a “very stressful time for everyone.”

The MOX project employs approximately 1,700 people.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the SRS management and operations contractor, is hosting a job fair for MOX workers on Dec. 5 at the USC Aiken Convocation Center.

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