Most Hanford workers were being sent home Wednesday morning due to bad weather.
A staggered release was planned to help with traffic congestion. Workers in the 200 East Area and all areas south of the Wye Barricade, including workers in Richland, were allowed to leave at 10:30 a.m.
Vitrification plant workers at the construction site, Material Handling Facility and in town also were sent home at 10:30 a.m.
The 200 West and 100 Area workers were scheduled to leave work at 11:15 a.m.
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Swing and graveyard shifts were canceled for Wednesday night, including the night shift at the vit plant construction site.
Snow removal crews at the vit plant and other workers considered essential to safety across the nuclear reservation were not included in the early release.