Hanford contractor CEO addresses layoff rumors

April 6, 2012 

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. addressed rumors of potential layoffs Thursday with a memo to employees from Chief Executive Officer John Lehew.

The Hanford contractor is in the early stages of evaluating staffing and has no specific information now, the memo stated.

The current work force is aligned with the budget available for the fiscal year, it stated.

But as the remaining economic stimulus spending work that carried over to this year is completed and other work is performed, the contractor is evaluating various staffing scenarios to meet the Department of Energy's 2015 vision, the memo stated. The 2015 vision includes completing most environmental cleanup along the Columbia River, knocking down the Plutonium Finishing Plant and implementing remaining ground water cleanup actions.

"We are also assessing our skill mix needs to align our staff and skills to reflect work scope planned in future years," the memo stated.

CH2M Hill plans an all-hands meeting later this month at which Lehew will address concerns.

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