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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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DEQ seeks grant proposals for water quality improvement projects

Portland, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality announces the availability of grants to support implementation and planning projects that address water quality problems in surface and groundwater resources resulting from nonpoint source pollution. DEQ is seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations, tribal nations and government agencies for projects that will lead to the restoration of beneficial uses in impacted water bodies.
   
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