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Air Quality Concerns Close a Benton County Assessor's Office

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Associated Press - January 1, 2008 9:35 PM ET

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Potentially unhealthy indoor air has prompted the closure of the Benton County assessor's satellite office in Kennewick, with the eight employees moving to the department's main offices at the county courthouse in Prosser.

Assessor Barbara Wagner says she's closing the office for at least two weeks. She says an air quality survey conducted at the satellite office in the Benton County annex detected high levels of mold spores in several offices, behind walls and inside the air ducts that are supposed to provide fresh, healthy ventilation.

She adds that she's had employees who have used up all of their sick leave with such problems as sinus and ear infections.

Benton County Commissioner Claude Oliver says a contractor has been asked to evaluate the office.

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