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Bullseye Glass signs deal with DEQ; cease-and-desist order will be lifted

This March 11, 2016 photo shows an exterior view of Bullseye Glass, a business suspected of releasing toxins in Portland, Ore. Fiercely protective of its reputation as one of the most eco-friendly cities in the country, Portland is reeling from the discovery of poisonous heavy metals in the air and the ground of neighborhoods where thousands of people live, work and attend school. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bullseye Glass has signed an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that has lifted the company's cease-and-desist order issued by Gov. Kate Brown.

The company was ordered on cease-and-desist after an air monitor near Bullseye measured potentially dangerous lead levels on May 9 and 10. An air monitor at nearby Children's Creative Learning Center measured lead levels more than 4 times the Oregon 24-hour screening level.

Additionally, Oregon officials found carcinogenic metals cadmium and arsenic in the air near Bullseye Glass in February.

By signing the agreement, Bullseye Glass has agreed not to use lead, arsenic, cadmium or hexavalent chromium VI in an uncontrolled furnace. The company has promised they will submit information about their quality assurance, metals usage and production procedures to DEQ.

They'll have to submit a request to the DEQ to use cobalt, manganese, nickel and selenium in an unfiltered furnace.

Had Bullseye refused to sign the letter Monday, Gov. Brown would have sent another 10-day cease-and-desist order.

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