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Bullseye Glass signs agreement with Oregon DEQ over controlling emissions

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Bullseye Glass Co. has signed an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality over controlling emissions at the southeast Portland plant.

Gov. Kate Brown issued a cease and desist order against Bullseye Glass on May 19 requiring the company to stop using various heavy metals in uncontrolled furnaces.

The order was extended another 10 days on May 27.

“I will continue this prohibition on the use of toxic metals in uncontrolled furnaces as long as necessary to protect the well-being of children at the nearby daycare center and other residents,” Brown said in a statement released May 27.

On Monday, Bullseye Glass executives said the mutual agreement and order with DEQ will allow the company to continue the process of installing emissions control technology on their furnaces.

Bullseye Glass reported a pilot emissions control system – known as a baghouse – is already in place, which allows workers to make limited quantities of reds, oranges and yellows.

Starting in mid-July, the company plans to bring a second baghouse online, which will allow for most other styles of glass to be produced in limited quantities.

"Inventory of many styles will remain low until after we have a third, larger system installed and operational in August. At that time, we hope to return to previous production and staffing levels," according to a statement from Bullseye Glass.

The DEQ said the agreement draws on current regulations as well as additional provisions prohibiting the use of certain metals in uncontrolled furnaces, including arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and lead.

It also outlines a path for Bullseye Glass to apply to DEQ, in consultation with the Oregon Health Authority, for approval to resume production of certain metals in uncontrolled furnaces, "while ensuring that resultant emissions remain safe to the surrounding community," according to DEQ.

DEQ confirmed the agreement lifts the governor's cease and desist order against Bullseye Glass.

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