RICHLAND -- Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, will no longer be a Hanford employee.
Haler lost his job at Department of Energy contractor Mission Support Alliance this week as part of layoffs, the contractor confirmed.
He was one of 144 employees identified for layoffs in the restructuring plan last month. He had set up the Hanford Site Speakers Bureau and gave many of its talks across the state.
Hanford staffed up starting in spring 2009 when it received $1.96 billion in federal economic stimulus money. But that money is expected to be spent by Sept. 30.
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Although Mission Support Alliance received none of the economic stimulus money directly, it increased staff to support other contractors and now expects to lay off 300 workers by Sept. 30. That includes recent hires and long-term employees.
In addition, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. expects to cut 1,350 jobs through a combination of voluntary and involuntary layoffs by Sept. 30.