AIKEN, S.C. -- Employees of the contractor that manages the Savannah River Site are returning to full-time work status.

Officials with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions said Thursday that about 2,500 workers would go back to full-time status starting on Monday.

The employees at the old nuclear weapons plant had been on furloughs since April due to federal budget cuts.

SRNS CEO Dwayne Wilson said in a message to employees that a funding request had been approved, meaning that employees could go back to the schedules they were working at the end of March.

The 310-square-mile Savannah River Site once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs. Work there is now focused mostly on research and cleaning up contaminated areas.