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New tests show 'low risk of health problems' due to Portland glass companies

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Health officials said testing showed that the levels of metals near Bullseye Glass were too low to be harmful to people. Health officials said testing showed that the levels of metals near Bullseye Glass were too low to be harmful to people.
Health officials also reviewed rates of lung and bladder cancers and said there was no indication of elevated rates of the disease in the areas near Uroboros and Bullseye Glass. Health officials also reviewed rates of lung and bladder cancers and said there was no indication of elevated rates of the disease in the areas near Uroboros and Bullseye Glass.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

New test results released Wednesday show there is "low risk of health problems" from exposure to heavy metals in emissions from two Portland glass companies, according to health officials.

The Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department said they compiled data from soil samples, cancer rates and urine tests.

The agencies reported that samples of soil from around Bullseye Glass Co. in southeast Portland were generally below naturally occurring or background levels of heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium and chromium 6.

Further testing showed that the levels of metals were too low to be harmful to people, including children at a nearby day care, according to the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division.

Additionally, health officials said there is "no significant risk to health" from gardening and consuming produce grown near Bullseye Glass.

However, the agencies also said more monitoring and testing is needed and already planned.

Last month, DEQ reported preliminary air quality monitoring data showed high levels of cadmium and arsenic near Bullseye Glass. Tests also found high levels of cadmium near Uroboros Glass in North Portland.

DEQ requested both companies voluntarily stop using those chemicals, and both complied. Uroboros reported it had not used arsenic for years.

Bullseye Glass released a statement following Wednesday's announcement, saying the company is pleased with the results.

These soil samples show there is no need for public concern. DEQ confirmed that Bullseye is not contributing to any soil contamination.

We will continue to honor our previous commitments to go above and beyond what is required by Oregon law, suspending the use of arsenic, cadmium and chromium VI and installing brand new emissions controls. These new filtration devices will position Bullseye as a leader in environmental stewardship. We encourage other local businesses to follow our lead, taking voluntary actions to reduce their own emissions.

It's unfortunate that this issue was handled in a way that caused panic, lawsuits and confusion. We appreciate the support we have received from our customers, fellow artists and neighbors over the last month.

A group of neighbors in southeast Portland filed a class action lawsuit against Bullseye Glass earlier this month. 

The Oregon Health Authority analyzed 247 urine cadmium test results from the area over the last month and found that seven samples had detectable levels of cadmium. Two were in children and three were at levels requiring clinical follow-up.

Health officials said they are working with health care providers to ensure "appropriate follow-up" in those cases.

Health officials also reviewed rates of lung and bladder cancers – the two types of cancer most strongly associated with cadmium and arsenic exposure – and said there was no indication of elevated rates of the disease in the areas near Uroboros or Bullseye Glass.

A full analysis of 30-day air monitoring that began Feb. 12 near the companies, along with analysis of soil samples collected near Uroboros, will be released next week. 

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