The Post Register reports Battelle Energy Alliance plans to cut at least 300 jobs at the Idaho National Laboratory.
Battelle, the contract company in charge of INL, could cut up to 450 jobs.
Budget constraints, increased daily costs and a need to remain competitive have prompted Battelle, the contractor in charge of INL, to reduce the workforce.
“When we take actions like this, a lot of thought and planning goes into it,” Human Resources Director Mark Holubar said. “We do not take this lightly.”
Employees can apply for voluntary separation through Jan. 9, Holubar said.
“There are always people who are considering other options,” Holubar said. “This will give them the opportunity to exit the lab and take the pressure off those involuntarily leaving.” – Post Register
The Post Register reports the job cuts will include all areas of the lab, including administrative and engineering positions.
Last year, Battelle cut more than 150 jobs at INL. That doesn’t include people who left voluntarily.