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Gov. Kate Brown issued a cease-and-desist order Thursday to require Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland to stop using several hazardous air pollutants, including lead, following air monitoring results at a day care near the company that showed an immediate, short-term health risk from lead levels that were four times above the 24-hour benchmark.


“Public health and safety are my highest priorities,” Brown said in a May 19 press release. “This swift action and public notification will help ensure the wellbeing of local residents who live and work in the area. Clean air is vital to the health and safety of our community.”

In a statement posted Wednesday, May 18, on its website, Bullseye Glass officials said the company was “taking action to improve our glassmaking processes.”

“We want you to know that Bullseye Glass is here for you now and intends to be for many years to come,” according to the statement to customers by company officials. “However, there are difficult challenges ahead for us and for the entire art glass industry, and your continued support over the next four months is critical.

“With new knowledge about air quality in Portland, Bullseye is taking action to improve our glassmaking processes. We are working tirelessly to install filtration systems and look forward to being the cleanest art glass manufacturer in the United States. Our commitment is steadfast to ensure our manufacturing process remains safe for our employees, customers, neighbors, and the community in general.

“We support stronger regulation of air toxics, applied consistently to all local businesses. We are on track to meet new standards in the coming months.”

Authority for more rules

At Brown's direction, Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality ordered Bullseye to stop using of lead — as well as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, all chromium compounds, cobalt, manganese, nickel, and selenium in any uncontrolled furnace — for the next 10 days. The DEQ will continue lead and industrial air toxics monitoring, and Brown retains the authority to impose additional orders on the company as necessary, according to the governor's office.

Brown also told the Oregon Health Authority to notify the day care center, its patrons, local authorities, and the immediately impacted community to provide information related to these recent findings.

Local health authority partners from Multnomah County made initial contact with the day care Thursday afternoon.

More information can be found at saferair.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.

Hales issues statement

In response to Brown's order, Mayor Charlie Hales issued the following statement:

Mayor Charlie Hales issued the following statement in response to recent air quality findings near the Bullseye Glass plant in Southeast Portland:

“Last night we learned extremely distressing news about lead in the air near Bullseye Glass. We Portlanders believe we have a right to a clean environment, but the continuing reports of toxics in our air compromise our sense of safety, as well as our health. I share our neighbors’ concern and outrage, and I encourage all families in the area to take advantage of any testing the state and county make available.

“I appreciate Gov. Brown ordering the plant to stop using lead for 10 days. However, it must remain out of use until we can assure our community of clean air. I will continue to work with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury to hold the state accountable, and ensure we are on a path toward clean air for all Portlanders.

“We should redouble our efforts in state and local government to make sure that NO businesses in our city are poisoning the environment of our green, family-friendly city. There is zero tolerance for endangering children’s health.”

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