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Assessor's Office in Kennewick Closed, Air Quality Cited

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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
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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