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Another 60 Workers Laid Off at Chemical Weapons Depot

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Several more workers at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility are losing their jobs Thursday. Several more workers at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility are losing their jobs Thursday.

HERMISTON, OR - Several more workers at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility are losing their jobs Thursday.  

The Chemical Depot says it's cutting a total of 60 jobs, including a dozen workers from closure organizations and 48 from support departments such as Engineering, Accounting, IT and Medical. The Depot now has less than 100 people on its work force. 

Thursday's "Reduction in Force" is part of the project's "demolition complete" milestone, which was reached February 7th. 

The Munitions Demilitarization Building, where the chemical weapons and agent were destroyed, was demolished in accordance with the project's operating permit with the state, along with the associated pollution abatement systems. 

The Depot has let employees go several times since the project completed chemical agent operations in October 2011, all coinciding with a significant closure milestone. When the project completed destruction of Oregon's chemical weapons stockpile it had about 830 employees.

The Depot will let its next round of employees go in July. The closure work is scheduled to be done by the end of next year.

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