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Idaho nuclear cleanup contractor to cut 600 jobs

A cleanup contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory in the eastern Idaho desert has announced plans to lay off about 600 workers, about 35 percent of its work force.

Officials with CH2M-WG Idaho on Thursday announced that the workers will be laid off in three stages, first in January, then June, and finally September.

Company spokeswoman Natalie Packer tells the Post Register that workers will be offered a severance package to quit that will be identical to what they would receive if laid off.

Following that, the company plans to begin laying off workers.

The company manages the Idaho Cleanup Project and has been cleaning radioactive and hazardous waste stored for decades at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Officials say much of the cleanup was scheduled to be finished by 2012.

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