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SE Portland glass company suspends use of arsenic, cadmium after DEQ report

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DEQ testing near Bullseye Glass Co. in SE Portland showed high levels of cadmium and arsenic.(Photo credit: Fox 12) DEQ testing near Bullseye Glass Co. in SE Portland showed high levels of cadmium and arsenic.(Photo credit: Fox 12)
Bullseye Glass Co. announced it was suspending the use of cadmium and arsenic after learning of the DEQ test results. (Photo credit: Fox 12) Bullseye Glass Co. announced it was suspending the use of cadmium and arsenic after learning of the DEQ test results. (Photo credit: Fox 12)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A southeast Portland glass company is suspending the use of arsenic and cadmium after Oregon Department of Environmental Quality testing showed high levels of those metals in the area around the facility.

DEQ performed tests near Bullseye Glass Co. last fall. Preliminary results recently came back showing high levels of cadmium and arsenic in the moss and the air around Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

On Wednesday, DEQ, along with the Oregon Health Authority and the Multnomah County Health Department, announced they were working together to determine any "potential health risks" from exposure to the metals.

The levels were described as "above short- and long-term health benchmarks."

DEQ officials said they believe Bullseye Glass Co. is responsible.

On Thursday, the company posted a statement on its Facebook page saying they are working with an environmental consulting firm to help evaluate the data and conduct further testing and monitoring.

"Based on what we learn, although we are in full compliance with our air permit, Bullseye will take additional action based on any new findings that show corrective action is warranted. While the DEQ has not required any action on our part, we decided to take action on our own. As of yesterday we suspended the use of Cadmium and Arsenic," the statement said.

Cleveland High School and Winterhaven K-8 are both close to the facility. A Portland Public Schools spokeswoman said they are reviewing all of the information, and have been in contact with the Oregon Health Authority.

Fred Meyer's corporate offices are also behind Bullseye Glass, as well as the CCLC Day Care Center.

The agencies involved in the investigation plan to produce maps that will outline the potentially affected areas and alert the public if precautions need to be taken.

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