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OHA Investigating Metals Emissions in SE and N Portland
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Visit Safer Air Oregon for information on Portland metals emissions.

Visit Cleaner Air Oregon to get updates and share feedback on the overhaul of Oregon's industrial air toxics regulations.

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Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) found levels of cadmium, arsenic and chromium in Southeast and North Portland above environmental risk thresholds. DEQ deployed air monitors after a U.S. Forest Service study found heavy metals hot spots in local moss. The metals were linked to emissions from two local glass factories: Bullseye Glass and Uroboros Glass. In late January 2016, health experts from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) were notified. They confirmed the levels exceeded benchmarks for possible long-term effects in people. The agencies alerted the public.

After meeting with DEQ, Bullseye agreed to suspend use of cadmium, arsenic and chromium, and Uroboros agreed to suspend use of cadmium and chromium (Uroboros was not using arsenic).
Oregon Health Authority is assessing health effects from these emissions. DEQ is working to identify similar industrial facilities that use heavy metals in production. DEQ has also started monitoring air quality near Precision Castparts in Southeast Portland.
In April 2016, Governor Brown announced a new program, Cleaner Air Oregon, to overhaul industrial air toxics regulations. This program is led by OHA and DEQ.