Fluor-BWXT extends employee buyout offer at cleanup site
PIKETON - Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC, the lead site contractor for cleanup work at the former Portsmouth
Gaseous Diffusion Plant, has announced it is reopening and extending an employee buyout plan originally
offered late last year.
In December, the company announced the launch of a Self-Select Voluntary Separation Program that would
allow up to 75 workers at the site to voluntarily leave their jobs in exchange for a separation payment. Those
who elected to take the offer were scheduled to work their last day Jan. 31.
On Monday, the company reopened and extended the program to allow for an additional 29 employees to
take advantage of it. Those choosing to do so will work their last day for Fluor-BWXT on May 30.
"What's happened is FBP has made significant strides in the cleanup activities at the site, it's allowing us to
shift the focus from the deactivation to also include demolition and remediation," said Jack Williams, director
of communications, in explaining the launch of the program in December. "Really, this SSVSP offers eligible
employees the potential to separate at the best possible time and for FBP to realign the existing labor
workforce skill sets to what we're going to be needing moving forward."
In a brief announcement Monday, Williams said there are no plans for involuntary separations - or layoffs - in
connection with the extension of the voluntary layoff program during the current fiscal year. He added that
the program will allow the company to continue preparing for upcoming demolition activities at the site.
Chillicothe Gazette - Monday, April 1, 2019