Eastside Factsheet: A Neighborhood Report on Industrial Air Pollution
Inner SE Portland’s largest industrial air polluter, Bullseye Glass, stores 10-50,000 pounds of lead on site and feeds 100 pounds of lead a day into their furnace when making white glass.For 42 years, much of this airborne lead, as well shocking amounts of chromium, arsenic, and cadmium, were released daily at 3722 SE 21st Avenue next to a 100-child day care and a large residential area.
Bullseye is a local company, but they are not little. With $19.8 million in sales last year, Bullseye should have had a scrubber on their smokestacks. For years they were not required to have one. The results of no scrubber? The DEQ announced in February 2016 that arsenic levels around Bullseye were 149 times over State safety benchmarks, causing the worst airborne arsenic hotspot in the city. In October 2015, cadmium levels were reported by DEQ to be 59 times the safety benchmarks.
Although illegal under federal law, DEQ allowed Bullseye to continue to burn chromium at amounts 450 times higher than Oregon’s published safety benchmark.