Southern California Edison announced Wednesday that it had issued layoff notices to 600 non-union employees at the San Onofre nuclear plant.
The layoffs are part of a plan to reduce the staff from 1,500 to 400 by next year and permanently decommission the 2,200-megawatt nuclear generating station.
“The premature shutdown of San Onofre is very unfortunate,” said Pete Dietrich, SCE’s senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, in a company statement. “We have an extraordinary team of men and women. We appreciate their years of dedicated service and will continue to extend to them the utmost respect and consideration.”
The electric utility, one of the largest investor-owned in the nation, sent out the workforce reduction notices on Monday. The layoffs take effect in about two months, the company noted.
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