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Second Portland glass company suspends cadmium use

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Following announcements by the Department of Environmental Quality last week of elevated levels of arsenic and cadmium in southeast Portland, a second glass manufacturing company has stopped the use of cadmium in their operations.

Urobors Glass announced the change Monday, citing the DEQ reports and the map the agency released Friday showing areas with elevated cadmium levels.

In a statement on their website, the company noted that while they are not at the center of the elevated levels, they are within a mile of the spot.

The company also pointed out that even though there is public concern over arsenic levels as well, their products stopped being created using arsenic over 20 years ago.

Across town, meanwhile, residents who live near Bullseye Glass, the company at the center of the DEQ findings gathered privately to discuss their concerns, in advance of Tuesday's scheduled public meeting.

"My son, he’s had nose and throat problems, undiagnosed for about a couple years now," said Kevin Kennedy, who lives near the plant. "We came in from Arizona into Oregon, we thought was clean and green. And it turns out, not so clean and green."

A public meeting, hosted by the Multnomah County Public Health Department is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th, from 5 pm to 9 pm in the Cleveland High School Cafeteria. There will be a chance for community members to ask questions.

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