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Class action lawsuit filed against Bullseye Glass

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Bullseye Glass in SE Portland (Photo: KPTV) Bullseye Glass in SE Portland (Photo: KPTV)

A group of neighbors in Southeast Portland has filed a class-action lawsuit against Bullseye Glass, the company at the center of an investigation into a toxic hot spot.

The lawsuit alleges the company should have known it was spewing dangerous amounts of heavy metals into the air, and potentially contaminating the neighborhood. 

The plaintiffs are asking a judge for relief from the contamination, and to force Bullseye to install equipment that would reduce its emissions.

Mary Peveto, who founded the group Neighbors for Clean Air, said the lawsuit is a positive first step in holding Bullseye accountable.

“I think the immediate impact is just the acknowledgment that there are real costs being incurred,” said Peveto. “The question is who’s going to pay the costs of all these people, all these families, the hundreds of dollars it’s costing per test.  The soil tests, the blood tests, the urine tests. “

The lawsuit comes weeks after the Department of Environmental Quality announced the presence of a toxic “hot spot” around the plant, with abnormally high levels of arsenic and cadmium, both of which are linked to cancer.

The lawsuit also alleges Bullseye privately lobbied the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create an exemption in clean air regulation so that the company would not need to clean or filter emissions from its smokestacks.

Bullseye Glass has voluntarily suspended the use of cadmium and arsenic, along with chromium.

The company did not issue a statement or comment on the lawsuit.

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