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Gov. Brown issues cease and desist order to Bullseye Glass over use of heavy metals

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After air monitoring results at a daycare near Bullseye Glass Co. showed an immediate, short-term health risk from lead levels, Governor Kate Brown issued a cease and desist order to the company Thursday.

Bullseye Glass Company is now required to stop the use of lead, as well as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, all chromium compounds, cobalt, manganese, nickel and selenium in any controlled furnace for the next ten days.

The order comes after air monitoring results from a daycare center near the company showed a health risk from lead levels that were four times above the 24-hour benchmark.

"Public health and safety are my highest priorities," Governor Brown said. "This swift action and public notification will help ensure the well-being of local residents who live and work in the area. Clean air is vital to the health and safety of our community."

Bullseye Glass was one of two glass companies that stopped using heavy metals after the Department of Environmental Quality found high levels of cadmium and arsenic in the air near those companies.

Bullseye Glass resumed the use of cadmium last month after installing a pollution control device.

The DEQ will continue to monitor lead and industrial air toxin levels, and Governor Brown continues to have the authority to impose additional orders on the company as necessary.

FOX 12 reached out to Bullseye Glass Co. for a statement. Vice President Jim Jones replied stating:

"We are surprised and concerned that DEQ is taking the position that a single data point is sufficient to justify issuing a Cease and Desist Order. We hope DEQ is aware there has been construction activity with earth moving equipment at the day care center approximately 25 ft. from the air monitor station.  The equipment is currently in place, sitting next to mounds of soil. DEQ has now added cobalt, manganese, nickel and selenium to the list of raw materials that we cannot use even though air monitoring data over the past few months has not showing any significant concerns with these materials. Currently we have one baghouse that controls one furnace.  We are in the process of installing a larger baghouse system that controls multiple furnaces, but that system will not be completed until the beginning of August.  This is a substantial impact to our business.  These new restrictions are making it extremely difficult for Bullseye Glass to move forward."

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