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DEQ: Levels of Cadmium, Arsenic 98% lower near Bullseye Glass, 2 air monitors moved

Bullseye Glass Company - KATU Photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – There’s been a 98 percent decrease in the levels of airborne toxic metals near Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland since air samples were first collected last year, Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality said.

The department set up four air quality monitors near the glass company in October 2015 after the U.S. Forest Service found high levels of Cadmium and Arsenic in moss samples.

Bullseye Glass and another company at the center of the toxic air scare, Uroboros Glass Studio in Northeast Portland, stopped using those heavy metal elements in their glass production.

Tests through September 2016 found the levels of Cadmium, Arsenic and HexaChromium had decreased by 98 percent or more.

DEQ officials say they will be moving two of the four air quality monitors to different neighborhoods. Two will remain near Bullseye Glass, including the one at a nearby daycare center.

Regulators will also move two of the three monitors near Precision Castparts, where levels of nickel and other metals have tested below long-term health benchmarks for several weeks.

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