Assessor's Office in Kennewick Closed, Air Quality Cited
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Continuing air quality problems have resulted in a second shutdown of the Benton County assessor's office in Kennewick. Assessor Barbara Wagner says the closure will last until the office is relocated. The agency's office in Prosser, the county seat, remains open. Wagner closed the Kennewick office from early January to early March after a report indicated the ventilation system might be infested with mold. Since then, county risk manager Melina Wenner says $56,000 has been spent on new duct work, carbon filters and carbon dioxide sensors. In addition, the carpets have been shampooed and the walls painted. Despite that, Wagner says the nine workers in her office have been plagued with sinus congestion, headaches, eye strain, lethargy, dry throats and other problems.
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