BOISE, ID – Idaho National Laboratory officials announced today they plan to lay off up to 185 people. Mark Holubar directs Human Resources at Battelle Energy Alliance. That’s the company that runs Idaho National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. Holubar says, “This is obviously a very difficult situation for us and any time that we are talking about the possibility of eliminating somebody’s job it’s not an easy thing.”
Layoffs will continue until the end of March according to Holubar. The first phase will involve people who volunteer to leave their jobs. Then, over the next few weeks the Laboratory will determine how many more people need to be involuntarily laid off. This is on top of about 100 workers cut last year. INL employs more than 4,000 people now. Thousands more on the site near Idaho Falls are employed by contractors and other agencies.
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