Day care soil tests positive for cadmium and arsenic

The day care CCLC on Southeast Gladstone had its soil independently tested and found high levels of arsenic and cadmium. (KATU Photo)

Day care is a place many consider safe, but now soil results showing high levels of arsenic and cadmium at CCLC on Southeast Gladstone has parents concerned.

"It's definitely scary that things came back with some signs," parent Erin Meeker said. "We are definitely concerned, we have lived here for over 10 years; we garden, we eat the food out of our garden, our dogs play in the dirt that track that in. I worry about all of us."

CCLC did independent testing on its soil after concerns the problem was widespread. Nearly two weeks ago, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said it had detected high levels of cadmium and arsenic in the air in Southeast Portland, concentrated around Bullseye Glass. The company has since said it has discontinued the use of the two metals.

Meeker wants change, which is why her usual pickup from day care led her down the street to a protest at Bullseye Glass.

"I hope they get some filters on their buildings. I don't want them to go out of business, but I want them to fix this. I want to be able to take a walk outside and breathe the air," Meeker said.

A sentiment shared by many. Others joined the protest to get their "Portland lifestyle" back.

"I was told by the Multnomah County Health Department not to eat any food from my yard, that I have lived at for 19 years, until I get a soil test," resident Marny Spoons said.

Marchers were met by employees at Bullseye, who say they share their concern.

Neighbors promise to keep marching till the problem is fixed.

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