Entergy to lay off 30 at Pilgrim plant
PLYMOUTH — Entergy has announced a plan to streamline staffing levels at its plants nationwide. That will mean the elimination of 800 positions nationwide and 30 at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.
The announcement came with the company’s release of its slumping second quarter earnings at $163.7 million, or 92 cents per share.
The company’s earnings were $365 million, or $2.06 per share, for the second-quarter of 2012.
In a press release, Entergy attributed the earnings decline to a substantially higher income tax expense along with higher non-fuel operation and maintenance expenses.
Entergy’s spokesman said the plan to eliminate 800 positions by year-end has no connection to recent quarterly earnings.
“We sat down and redesigned how we do business,” Terry Young, vice president of nuclear communications for Entergy, said in a phone interview Thursday. Staffing will be reassigned in several departments, Young said. The end result of the reorganization will be fewer positions.
“We took great care where we made staff reductions and operation changes,” Young said. “The areas of hands-on operation won’t be touched.”
The company’s two New England plants, Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee, will each lose 30 staffers.
At Pilgrim, that represents 4 percent of its 650-employee workforce.
“These will go into effect over the next several months, all to be completed by the end of the year,” Young said.
Diane Turco, founder of the anti-nuclear group Cape Downwinders, said the staff reductions at Pilgrim are “unfortunate for the workers and the families that are impacted, but we would like to raise the question of safety.
“Layoffs show Entergy cannot compete in the market,” Turco said.