Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), initiated furloughs Thursday.
Approximately 1,400 employees are furloughed until further notice. About 360 employees will remain to maintain facilities in a safe, non-operating mode. the furloughs are in response to the government shutdown, according to company officials.
The message below was sent to employees by SRR president and project manager Ken Rueter.
Budget Impasse Forces SRR Furloughs
As you are probably aware, the annual funding for the Federal Government expired at midnight on September 30. Although the Department has been able to fund some continued activity for this contract following that date, the continued lapse in appropriations is having a significant impact on continued operations requiring us to make certain employment decisions. Therefore, some Savannah River Remediation employees will be furloughed until further notice.
Employees needed to maintain liquid waste facilities in a safe and non-operating mode are the only ones who will not be furloughed. Affected SRR employees will be notified of their furlough by their manager.
Like you, we do not know how long this shut down will continue.
Be sure to leave reliable contact information with your manager so that you can be reached when work resumes. In the meantime, you can watch media outlets to keep up-to-date on when you might report to work. I recommend you go to the SRS web site at www.srs.gov, or call the Site information line, 803-725-SITE (803-725-7483), for information on when to return to work. It is your responsibility to understand when you should report to work. Upon leaving, you should reset your voice mail and email messages to reflect your absence from work.
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