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As of January 1, 1995, approximately 3,530 people were employed at the Pantex Plant. This number was comprised of approximately 3,310 Mason & Hanger and Battelle employees, 75 Department of Energy (DOE) Amarillo Area Office employees, 130 DOE Transportation Safeguards Division (TSD) employees, and 15 Sandia National Laboratory employees. There were approximately 250 additional people onsite associated with consultants, subcontractors, and oversight agencies. In October 1996, the employment estimates totaled approximately 3,800 maintenance and operation contractor personnel and DOE personnel. This number included M&H, Battelle Memorial Institute, DOE Transportation Safeguards Division, AAO, Army Corps of Engineers, and Sandia National Laboratories personnel. There were also approximately 250 personnel located on site associated with consultants, outside contractors, and oversight agencies.

The plant's workforce was expected to decrease gradually through FY 2004. Issues that were expected to affect the site population included the outcome of several PEISs, the planned decrease in the disassembly and disposal workload, and the reduced funding needed to support Environmental Restoration/Waste Management requirements. It was assumed that the Management and Operations contractor personnel at Pantex would range from 3,500 to fewer than 2,500 personnel; although the number was expected to vary relative to the mission and workload levels of the Plant. As of October 1, 1999, the Pantex Plant employment level was approximately 2,800 people in various disciplines. As of July 2008, approximately 3,600 full-time people are employed at Pantex. About 3,300 employees work for B&W Pantex at the site while the rest work for the NNSA/DOE Pantex Site Office, the Federal Agent Facility Central Command Office of Secure Transportation (OST), the Tri-Lab Project Office, or Sandia's Weapons Evaluation Test Laboratory.


In the mid-1990s Pantex's operating budget came from three primary funding resources:

  • 1. Core Stockpile Management (CAM)
  • 2. Environmental Management
  • 3. Reimbursable costs.

Reimbursable costs were typically funded through either the Department of Defense or the National Laboratories. Actual CAM costs for FY 1994 were $214 million. The FY 1995 CAM operating budget was $230 million. Environmental Management and reimbursable costs for FY 1994 totaled $38 million, and the FY 1995 budget for these funding sources was also $38 million. Pantex operating budget projections for FY 1996 and FY 1997 were $240 million and $248 million respectively with the Environmental Management and reimbursable costs for FY 1996 and FY 1997 decreasing to $31 million for both years. The Environmental Management budget was anticipated to decrease significantly beyond FY 1997, resulting in a substantial reduction of Waste Management activities. However, the Pantex budget for FY 1997 was $290 million. In FY 1998, it increased to $308 million.

Pantex's FY 2008 funding is approximately $680 million. The Plant's FY 2007 expenditures totaled approximately $491 million. B&W Pantex's budgeted FY 2008 payroll is $266 million, plus $104 million in fringe benefits. The FY 2007 payroll was $245 million, plus $85 million in fringe benefits. The cost to replace Pantex would be about $5.1 billion.

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