Employees of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions were told about the reductions Monday.
Workers whose hours are being reduced will be notified by March 15, said Dwayne Wilson, president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the largest contractor at the old nuclear weapons plant. The reduction will be from 40 hours per week to 32 hours per week.
Workers who will lose their jobs, at least temporarily, will be notified next week, Wilson said.
“Due to the uncertain and potential fluctuating amount of funding which may be available to SRNS, further furloughs may be necessary,” he said
Officials say they don’t know how long the reductions will be in place.
An analysis for a congressional committee last month indicated furloughs for about 1,000 employees could last about four months.
The cuts could force the suspension of plutonium processing, delay in the handling of liquid waste in underground tanks and stop radioactive waste shipments from South Carolina to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, the report said.