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Air testing shows no public health risk near Portland glass companies

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Health authorities said the latest air and soil testing near Bullseye Glass and Uroboros in Portland showed no immediate public health risk. Health authorities said the latest air and soil testing near Bullseye Glass and Uroboros in Portland showed no immediate public health risk.
Bullseye Glass in SE Portland (Photo: KPTV) Bullseye Glass in SE Portland (Photo: KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Air and soil testing near two Portland glass companies showed, "no immediate or urgent public health risk under current conditions," according to results released by health authorities Thursday.

The Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department released their latest findings regarding Bullseye Glass Company in southeast Portland and Uroboros in north Portland.

The agencies said the emissions from the glass manufacturers pose low health risk to people living nearby, following a similar report last week.

The air sampling readings were taken in February and showed, "significant reductions in the levels of metals in air concentrations," according to the report.

None of the readings approached health benchmarks, according to the investigating agencies.

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. Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6, also was later found.

On Feb. 12, Bullseye stopped using cadmium, arsenic and chromium in its manufacturing processes. Uroboros, which already did not use arsenic, stopped using cadmium and chromium.

DEQ collected 21 soil samples in three areas near Uroboros. All but two of the samples were below background levels for cadmium and 14 had no detectable levels of chromium 6.

"As with soil samples from around Bullseye, soil samples collected from the vicinity of Uroboros Glass are mostly within the expected background range for the Portland area," said David Farrer, toxicologist in the Environmental Public Health Section at the OHA Public Health Division. "Analysis has shown that levels of metals in soil are too low to harm the health of children at the daycare or gardeners using the Albina Community Garden."

Health officials said they will continue to collect samples from air monitors and will establish a baseline to measure changes in conditions over time. Results will be released every week online at SaferAir.Oregon.gov

Earlier in the week the DEQ commission voted unanimously to delay enforcing new proposed temporary rules for glass companies in Portland.

Other residents have also shown concern over emissions coming from an oil recycling plant on Hayden Island.

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