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Woman near Bullseye plant dealing with health problems testifies at capitol

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Sarah Livingstone has lived five blocks away from the Bullseye Glass Company for the last five years.  Even before news surfaced about high concentrations of arsenic and cadmium in the air near the factory, she’d been feeling ill.

“I went to the ER three times in January, for severe chest pain and had a hard time,” said Livingstone.

She was diagnosed with pneumonia and plural effusion, with fluid in her lungs.  Knowing what she does now about the high levels of arsenic, a toxic heavy metal that settles in the lungs, she believes her proximity to the glass factory could be to blame.

In addition, blood tests on her daughter came back positive for arsenic.

“Even though it’s within the normal,  “healthy” limits, even having any arsenic in her blood is alarming to me since she’s only been here for 15 months,” said Livingstone.

With that knowledge, Livingstone joined dozens of neighbors testifying Tuesday morning at the state capitol, during a legislative hearing on the toxic concerns in Southeast Portland.

“It’s maddening, infuriating,” said Livingstone.  “I feel very betrayed by our lawmakers, by Bullseye Glass.  By the DEQ”

The Department of Environmental Quality announced findings earlier this month of alarmingly high levels of arsenic and cadmium in the air around both the Bullseye plant and another glass factory in North Portland, Uruboros Glass. 

Bullseye has voluntarily stopped using arsenic, cadmium, and chromium in production, and Uruboros, which does not use arsenic, has stopped its use of cadmium and chromium.

Additionally, Bullseye wrote in a letter to the legislature Monday that it will retain a consultant to review its manufacturing process, and recommend pollution control devices.

As for Livingstone, doctors have advised her to return in two weeks for additional X-rays to rule out the possibility of lung cancer.

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