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  • State regulators take new action to curb hexavalent chromium emissions in southeast Portland
    melted glass furnaceMonitoring continues to show elevated hexavalent chromium in SE Portland air even though Bullseye has been prohibited from using chromium since June 6
     
    Portland, OR - The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is requiring Bullseye Glass Co. to clean its exhaust stacks and remove a build-up of chromium that new data suggest is likely contributing to the metal’s persistence in the air in southeast Portland.
     
    DEQ also is addressing other possible sources of the elevated hexavalent chromium detected by air monitors since March, such as reducing dust at a nearby cement company.
     
    “We’re concerned about the persistence of elevated levels of chromium,” said Pete Shepherd, interim DEQ director. “We are making every effort to bring those levels down.”
     
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