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Benton County Assessors Kennewick Office Closed..Again

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash.--Benton County Personnel Risk staff says there isn't a big health concern for the Assessors building.

Meanwhile, Assessor Barbara Wagner says she won't move back into her office on Canal Drive in Kennewick.

A few months ago, Benton County spent $56,000 dollars installing new air ducts, carbon filters and carbon dioxide sensors.

Those improvements, according to Wagner, didn't work.

Nine employees continue to have coughing and eye problems.

One eight year employee has even resigned.

As of now, Benton County Personnel Risk staff see nothing wrong.

"Everything that we have been told from the experts that we've had come in, the Industrial Hygienist to look at the facility and do the testing is assuring us that the building is safe," says Melinna Wenner, Benton County Personnel Risk Manager.

Assessor Barbara Wagner took carpet samples and sent them to a lab.

The results found the carpet contained multiple toxic molds.

According to the report, these molds can cause serious eye and lung infections such as Pulmonary Emphysema.

Benton County commissioners are currently exploring other office locations.