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New Info: Spokane Valley apartment complex changes message during radon testing

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On Wednesday, the Pines Manor apartment complex in Spokane Valley put out a new message after receiving phone calls from people who lived there concerned they had to keep their windows closed during radon testing.

The original note sent to residents said between August 15 and 17th, crews would be doing a radon assessment in their homes. Instructions said “all windows must be kept closed” and “whole house fans must not be operated.” The letter also stated “window air conditioning units may only be operated in recirculation mode.”

Lisa Pulver has lived in the complex for about three years, and said she was alarmed by the letter.

“It was really confusing,” said Pulver. “I have an air conditioner. I just used it. I wasn't not going to use it.”

When crews came to work in Pulver’s home, she discovered her AC use wasn’t an issue.

“I said don't ‘I have to turn off my air conditioner and close my windows?’ And he said ‘no you can keep your air conditioner on,’” said Pulver.

While Pulver has air conditioning, she said a lot of her neighbors don’t, and they rely on keeping their windows open to keep their homes cool.

“I'm young enough. I can go somewhere and keep cool, but they have to stay here and stay a lot of times in their apartment secluded, and nobody's going to know,” said Pulver.

The apartment complex manager told KHQ she received phone calls with people concerned about what to do, and that is why they sent out a new letter August 17 saying residents “are allowed to use A/C units.”

KHQ asked the apartment complex if they could have rescheduled the radon testing to happen when the weather is cooler. They said they couldn't because it was part of a required environmental study as they undergo the HUD refinancing process.

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