6 results for month: 03/2016


Arsenic across Portland

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Special DEQ Meeting About Temporary Glass Making Regulations

Staff Presentation Public comments & commission action Agenda The commission will convene for a special meeting on March 15, 2016, to take action on proposed temporary rules, and potentially on temporary rule amendments to existing rules, in Oregon Administrative Rules chapter 340, division 244. The proposed temporary rules and amendments will be regarding air quality emissions from facilities within the Portland Air Quality Maintenance Area that manufacture colored glass for use in art, architecture, interior design and other similar decorative applications, or that manufacture glass products for use by manufacturers of ...

Special Meeting About New DEQ Director

Audio Commission Discussion Action and Next Steps Agenda The commission will convene for a special meeting on March 14, 2016, to discuss hiring the permanent director for DEQ. Staff from the Oregon Department of Justice may advise the commissioners on their role, legal rights and responsibilities and potential processes for hiring DEQ’s director. Commissioners may discuss and take action on any next steps for the hiring process. Following the EQC discussion, the commission will open a public comment opportunity specific to these matters. People interested in presenting comment must complete a short registration form, available at the ...

Hexavalent Chromium in Glass Making

When Bullseye Glass said they would stop using Hexavalent Chromium, or Cr(VI), but they would keep using trivalent chromium, or Cr(III), something didn’t make sense. Robert Thompson, a SE Portland resident, and scientist with a degree in environmental engineering, felt more research was in order. What he found was startling. Thompson’s research led him to create a hypothesis about how trivalent chromium could convert to hexavalent chromium in a glass furnace. A casual internet search and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website states that hexavalent Cr(VI) is especially dangerous, while the trivalent Cr(III) is a naturally ...

Did Bullseye Cause My Illness?

I lived on 53rd Street, about one block North of Powell for about 12 years. I got a home in 1978 and I was there until 1991. I had a garden there. I tried to grow things organically. I thought the garden was going to be good for my health. I did not realize that poisonous gases were in the air that I breathed and also went into the soil where I was growing the food that I ate. The poison went into the vegetables I was eating. I believe that is what happened. In 2001 I tested positive for Arsenic. I could not figure out where the poisoning was coming from. Then, I developed melanoma 2008 or 2009, cancer on the leg. It was a funny ...

DEQ Demands

Today at noon members of the Eastside Portland Air Coalition will deliver a demand letter to interim DEQ Director Joni Hammond. It's been a month since residents learned of highly toxic emissions from Bullseye and Uroboros Glass and many have serious concerns about DEQ's actions to curtail them. Among the group's concerns, Compel an immediate cessation of any further toxic emissions from McClure Industries, Precision Castparts, Bullseye Glass and Uroboros Glass until best in class pollution control equipment has been installed and verified to be functional. Revoke air discharge permits if any are uncooperative. DEQ has this authority under ...