DEQ releases map of cadmium detected in Portland's air

A KATU artist's rendering of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's map of cadmium levels detected in Portland's air. See below for the DEQ's map.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality released a map Friday that shows areas in Portland where high levels of a heavy metal were detected in the air.

The agency said Wednesday it had detected cadmium and arsenic levels spiking in moss and air pollution detectors near Southeast 22nd and Powell.

The map (posted at the end of this story) shows a central area of cadmium detection extending from near Southeast Woodstock north to almost Northeast Killingsworth and near Cesar E. Chavez in Northeast Portland west across the Willamette River along interstates 5, 405 and Highway 30. The highest concentrations center around Bullseye Glass Company located on the 3700 block of Southeast 21st Avenue.

The company said Thursday it had suspended its use of cadmium and arsenic, which can potentially cause cancer. The company said it stopped using the substances on Wednesday.

DEQ says high levels of cadmium and arsenic were detected by a monitoring device about 100 meters from Bullseye Glass during a nearly 30-day test of the air in October.

Bullseye has no previous environmental or air pollution violations. It's been operating in Portland for more than 40 years.

The DEQ's map also shows cadmium was detected south of Marine Drive near Portland International Airport and in an area nearby that is north of Northeast Columbia Boulevard.

The agency said the map reflects preliminary data of concentrations of cadmium that are at levels of concern.

A community open house has been scheduled in the Cleveland High School cafeteria on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The high school is located at 3400 S.E. 26th Ave.


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