Residents in Southeast Portland filed a lawsuit last week against Bullseye Glass, seeking a billion dollars over the release of toxic metal residues associated with production of stained glass, but DEQ and OHA just presented some bad news for the plaintiffs:
New air monitoring data show levels of most heavy metals near two Portland glass factories are staying at or below concentrations expected in urban environments, and well below levels of immediate health concern.
The new data, culled from 24-hour air monitors deployed in southeast Portland near Bullseye Glass Co. and north Portland near Uroboros Glass, cover sampling between April 1 and April 4. They show concentrations of most metals, including cadmium and arsenic, have remained below levels that would be expected in urban environments.
None of the sampling results were higher than the Oregon 24-hour screening levels. That means there is no immediate or urgent health risk related to these new results.
State and County agencies are continuing to monitor emissions from the glass companies, as well as emissions from Precision Castparts further to the south. In addition to the fact that there are no immediate health risks, they've stated that it appears that long-term risks are low.
That billion dollars looks to be fading in the rear-view mirror.