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Layoffs Are Predicted by Energy Department

May 10, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The Energy Department said that layoffs might be needed to save money at the Nevada site picked for a national nuclear waste dump, even as a Las Vegas newspaper reported that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been paid to settle complaints about quality assurance.

Joe Davis, spokesman for the Energy Department in Washington, D.C., blamed congressional budget-cutting, not the settlements, for layoffs that he said could come this summer at Yucca Mountain.

Kristi Hodges, lead auditor for a program contractor, said millions of dollars had been spent settling quality assurance cases.

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