On August 17, 2017, Kentucky received a WARN Notification from LATA Sharp Remediation Services. According to the WARN Notification, the company will soon lay off a big portion of their workforce. The impacted workers will be laid off on October 19, 2017. The layoffs will impact workers at the company’s Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site. WPSD has managed to obtain a message from Fluor Paducah Program Manager Bob Smith.
According to the message, the layoff will impact up to 214 individuals or 33% of LSRS and FPDP employees. The layoffs are the direct result of a contract ending with the Fluor Federal Services Paducah Deactivation Project and LSRS. The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant was constructed in 1952 and initially utilized to produce enriched uranium.
The plant is owned by the Department of Energy. The DOE is responsible for environmental cleanup activities at the location. This includes waste management, depleted uranium conversion and other activities. A new contractor was selected for the project on May 25, 2017. On that date, the DOE announced it had rewarded the contract to Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership LLC.
The estimated value of the contract is $1.4 billion. Four proposals were received, but Four Rivers was ultimately selected. Due to the contractor change, it is expected that a maximum of 214 FPDP and LSRS employees could be laid off.
In the message from Bob Smith, it was noted that Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership would be posting job positions throughout the month. Impacted employees are encouraged to keep an eye on job openings and to apply for those in which they qualify.
Bargaining unit and non-bargaining units will be affected by the layoffs. Non-bargaining unit employees will be removed from their positions involuntarily on October 19th.