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Agencies plan for possible FirstEnergy layoffs

SHIPPINGPORT — Several local agencies are teaming up with state officials to create a plan that would help displaced workers in the event of mass layoffs at FirstEnergy Corp. power plants.

In the last week, FirstEnergy announced plans to deactivate the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station within the next three years. Several days later, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy filed for bankruptcy protection for its power-generating assets, which includes the Bruce Mansfield Power Plant.

Local officials realize that even if mass layoffs do happen for the 1,200 workers at the two Shippingport plants, they could be far in the future. FirstEnergy could also sell its local assets and is exploring other legislative options to keep the plants open.

Regardless, a plan is being put in place by local agencies including Job Training for Beaver County and Pennsylvania CareerLink in the event of mass job losses.

Those agencies, working in tandem with a “rapid response” program administered by the state, are working to ensure help for any potential displaced workforce.

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PA Workforce Development Association