A second community meeting on potentially dangerous levels of toxics in Portland's air is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Tubman Middle School, 2231 N. Flint Ave.
The meeting will be hosted by the Multnomah County Health Department and Portland Public Schools and include representatives from the Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority.
The DEQ believes the chromium, arsenic and cadmium pollution was caused by two glass manufacturing companies. The two companies are Bullseye Glass Co. in Southeast Portland and Uroboros in North Portland.
The DEQ requested that both companies voluntarily cease their use of all chromium compounds until further notice. Bullseye Glass Co. has agreed to suspend its use of hexavalent chromium, and further agreed to stop using cadmium and arsenic.
"DEQ appreciates the willingness of these companies to eliminate the use of all chromium compounds, cadmium and arsenic," says DEQ Director Dick Pederson.
Residents near Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland protested at the company Tuesday, with some calling for it to cease operations while the DEQ continues its investigation.
Bullseye President Dan Schwoerer told KOIN 6 News that his company has always operated in compliance with DEQ and Oregon Safety and Health Administration guidelines regarding metal emissions. Hes now working with an environmental consultant, engineers and the DEQ for guidance on how to move forward.
At this point we are diligently working to assess what is happening, what we need to do, Schwoerer said. I can only assure you that well do the right thing.
For more information on the effects of chromium 6, visit the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) webpage at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=10&po=10