"I kind of like to work with my hands and build things," he said.

Like so many others, he never thought he'd have to find new work.

Mike Myers has worked for 22 years at the plant as an electrician, and his son and his son-in-law built careers there by monitoring contamination at the facility. All three families live within three miles of each other, but he worries that his children and grandchildren will have to move if the jobs go away.

"What hurts us most, we can survive because we're older, but our kids, they've set up this life working at this plant," Myers said. "They're not going to be able to maintain the life they've got when that plant goes away."

His son's 13-year-old daughter plays on a traveling softball team in hopes of landing an athletic scholarship to attend college. But the family's $400 to $500 weekend excursions to watch her play may come to an end if her father loses his job, Myers said.

"We feel like our life has gone down the toilet," he said.

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