By Frank Lewis

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A new time has been set for the town hall meeting to discuss the FY 2016 president’s budget cut of the PORTS D&D funding by $55-$80 million, affecting 470 full-time Fluor BWXT jobs as well as 30 affiliate jobs for a total of 500 full-time jobs on the line.

The town hall meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Pike County Government Center, located at 230 Waverly Plaza in Waverly. United Steelworkers Local 689 has put out flyers urging the public to attend the meeting, saying the cutting of the funding will “have a huge negative impact to the communities and businesses as well as the workforce.”

The announcement earlier in the week that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was sending out WARN Act notices to 1,400 employees at the decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) project at Piketon, has begun to have a large ripple effect among lawmakers in Washington.

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