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Neighbors wary of agreement between Bullseye and DEQ

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An agreement between Bullseye Glass and the Department of Environmental Quality could allow the company to resume production as early as July.

For nearly three weeks, Bullseye Glass operated under a cease and desist order from the governor, after air monitoring tests found four times the acceptable levels of lead near the plant.

The DEQ previously found high levels of arsenic and cadmium around the glass factory, and identified Bullseye as the likely source.

Under the agreement, Bullseye Glass is prohibited from using arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and lead in uncontrolled furnaces. 

The agreement also outlines a way for the company to resume production with other metals in uncontrolled furnaces, after approval from the Oregon Health Authority.

After hearing news about the agreement, neighbors around the plant expressed some reservations.

“These are very toxic chemicals that are being put into the air and on the ground that we’re being exposed to, and I don’t think that’s right,” Star Mancilla, who lives just down the street from Bullseye, said. “You know, we might not show effects of it now, but we will later on down the line.”

A statement released by the company indicates Bullseye has installed a pilot emissions control system, which will allow the plant to produce limited quantities of colored glass.

Starting in mid-July, the company plans to bring a second system online, which will allow it to produce other varieties of glass.

A third, larger system is scheduled to be installed and brought online in August, at which point, the company hopes to return to previous production and staffing levels.

Late Wednesday Bullseye released a statement to customers notifying them that due to the "unprecedented cost" the company has seen from installing the new emissions control systems they will be increasing the prices of their glass.

As of August 1, all of the company's glass products will see a 12.5 percent jump in price,

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