Holtec CDI announces layoffs at former nuclear power plant


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Above: Holtec acquires the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York.

LACEY – A company dismantling the old Oyster Creek nuclear power plant has announced plans to lay off up to 92 employees later this summer, according to a company spokesperson and a WARN notice sent to the Department of Labor and of New Jersey Workforce Development.

Comprehensive Decommissioning International, or CDI, which is operated by nuclear products company Holtec International and engineering company SNC-Lavalin, is dismantling the old power plant.

The staff cuts were planned when the plant closed more than two years ago and have been communicated to employees, said Joseph Delmar, spokesperson for Holtec.

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“This job reduction has always been part of our safe and efficient decommissioning strategy for Oyster Creek as our project evolves from a nuclear-focused activity to a more industrial dismantling and demolition project,” he said. in an email to the press. “Now that all of the used nuclear fuel has been safely moved from inside the reactor building to the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Facility (ISFSI), our project will focus on the safe removal of buildings and structures. “

The layoffs will take effect on August 1, according to the Labor Ministry. Federal ADVISE Take action, or the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, requires prior notification of collective dismissals to certain factory workers, government employees, companies with more than 100 workers or their union representatives. Exemptions apply to businesses that close temporary facilities or stop layoffs due to a failed business, unforeseeable business circumstance, or natural disaster.

Oyster Creek managers and staff will be affected by the layoffs, Delmar said. Eligible employees will be offered severance packages, he added.

“A few dozen Holtec and CDI employees will remain and be supported by a skilled labor force from local unions near Oyster Creek, who will safely handle the remaining dismantling and demolition,” he said. he declares.

The demolition of Oyster Creek is expected to be completed by 2025, Delmar said. The plant’s ISFSI, where used nuclear fuel is stored in concrete and steel drums, will remain on site indefinitely until the federal government approves a new storage location.

Holtec is currently seeking federal approval to build an interim storage facility in New Mexico for used fuel from nuclear power plants across the country.

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The company has also expressed interest to the federal government in using the Oyster Creek property to build a prototype small nuclear reactor at some point in the future. The prototype is still at the start of the development process.

The federal government gave out several grants to various nuclear companies, including Holtec, to design new small reactors that would be safer and nearly fusion-proof compared to older models.

Amanda Oglesby is originally from Ocean County and covers the townships of Brick, Barnegat and Lacey as well as the environment. She has worked for the press for over a decade. Contact her at @OglesbyAPP, [email protected] or 732-557-5701.

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