Nearly 300 layoffs coming to Hanford this week

Nearly 300 layoffs coming to Hanford this week
n this April 3, 2008 file photo, a sign warns of radiation on the Hanford nuclear reservation near Richland, Wash. In a remote pocket of the Northwest, World War II weapons production and storage built a booming economy that continued through the Cold War and into cleanup and disposal of nerve gas, plutonium and radioactive waste. Those activities are wrapping up at northeast Oregon's Umatilla Chemical Depot and southeast Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation, meaning a change for a region whose economy has long been fueled by federal dollars. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Nearly 300 workers will receive layoff notices at Hanford this week.

The Tri-City Herald reports the layoff notices are being handed out to 157 workers at CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., close to 120 employees of Bechtel National and its subcontractor URS, and 11 Mission Support Alliance employees.

The layoffs were expected.

In addition, Washington Closure Hanford is continuing its gradual ramp down of employment toward the end of its contract in 2015. It laid off fewer employees than expected in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, but plans to cut 385 positions in fiscal 2013.

CH2M Hill's layoffs were the second phase of a two-part layoff that started with layoffs in June and now totals 218 job cuts.