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Bullseye Glass neighbors take advantage of free lead testing

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Bullseye Glass in SE Portland (Photo: KPTV) Bullseye Glass in SE Portland (Photo: KPTV)
Nikki Meyers with her son Luke getting tested (KPTV) Nikki Meyers with her son Luke getting tested (KPTV)

Several neighbors of embattled Bullseye Glass Co. in Southeast Portland rushed to get blood tests Friday after experts found dangerous levels of lead in the air. 

Multnomah County health officials offered the free lead testing one day after Governor Kate Brown issued a cease and desist order to Bullseye Glass. She was urged to do so after the DEQ detected lead in the air, four times greater than benchmark levels. 

The order forces the company to stop using lead, arsenic and seven other compounds for ten days. DEQ officials say Bullseye does have emission control equipment on one of its furnaces, but it’s not working right now.

This is just the latest detection of a toxins in the air around the glass company after several months of testing and analysis revealed elevated levels and arsenic, cadmium and other metals.

Nikki Meyers and Jon Klassen came in for the testing because they’re especially concerned about their 11-month-old son Luke. They live near Bullseye and say they’ve been consistently sick.

“When we have the windows or doors open, it just comes into the house and we feel terrible,” said Meyers.

Meyers held Luke on her lap while a lab technician pricked his tiny fingers and collected a blood sample.  Before anymore worry could set in, Meyers and Klassen got the good news that Luke’s lead levels are normal.

Bullseye Glass owner Jim Jones did not respond to FOX 12’s request for an interview Friday. But Thursday night, he sent the following written statement:

“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,” Jones wrote. “This is a substantial impact to our business. These new restrictions are making it extremely difficult for Bullseye Glass to move forward.”

Members of the Eastside Portland Air Coalition tell FOX 12 they’re planning to go to Salem next week to try to extend the cease and desist order beyond ten days.

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