148 Hanford workers take voluntary layoff

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A Hanford contractor that plans to cut 1,400 jobs by the end of September says 148 employees have accepted voluntary layoffs.

The Tri-City Herald reports that the remaining 1,200 layoffs from the CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. will be involuntary as federal stimulus money runs out.

The contractor is responsible for cleaning up Hanford ground water.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com