Activists sponsor meeting before official forum

Clean air activists have announced a community meeting Monday evening before a Tuesday forum by health officials on reports of dangerous air pollution in Southeast Portland.

Both events concern the high levels of arsenic and cadmium recently identified around Southeast 22nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

Neighbors for Clean Air will hold their meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, in the Esperanza Court Community Room, 3605 S.E. 28th Ave.

More information can be found at

The next evening, the Multnomah County Health Department will hold forum from 5 p.m. to 9 p. m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Cleveland High School Cafeteria, 3400 S.E. 26th Ave.

The Tuesday forum will include staff from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Health Authority, and state and local elected officials.

Community members can visit agency stations and view maps from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The health department will facilitate a public question and answer period from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. People will have time to again talk to staff until 9 p.m.

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