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SE Portland schools testing air quality after DEQ report on arsenic, cadmium

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Portland Public Schools is taking samples inside five southeast Portland schools after dangerous levels of heavy metals were found in the air from a nearby source.

Earlier this week, DEQ experts announced that the Bullseye Glass Co. had been emitting amounts of arsenic and cadmium that far exceed air quality benchmarks around Southeast 22nd and Powell Boulevard.

On Friday morning, the school district installed air quality monitors in high traffic areas inside Cleveland High School, Winterhaven Elementary,
Abernathy School, Grout Elementary and Hosford Middle School.

The monitors collected air samples for eight hours and the test results should be ready by late next week Students said they are relieved the testing is being done, but one Cleveland High School student told FOX 12 she is still worried.
 
“I’m glad, but it’s kind of frightening that they feel a need to do it,” said sophomore Riley Boyle. “People think it’s pretty sketchy that we’re at school if there’s even a possibility that there’s arsenic and cadmium in the air because they’re not good for you at all.”
 
On Feb. 9, the Multnomah County Health Department and Portland Public Schools will host a town hall meeting at Cleveland High School from 5-9 p.m. to provide information and answer questions about the air quality concerns. 

Bullseye Glass announced Thursday it would suspend the use of arsenic and cadmium. 

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