Bullseye Glass Company manufactures colored art glass in southeast Portland. In January 2016, possibly unsafe levels of arsenic and cadmium were found in the air near the facility. The company also uses chromium +6 (also known as hexavalent chromium) which can be dangerous to health. DEQ is working with the Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department to test the air around the company. DEQ is working with the company to bring it into compliance with new regulations for colored glass manufacturing facilities.
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DEQ oversees drywell cleanup for the Bullseye Glass Company
The Department of Environmental Quality Northwest Region office has approved cleanup actions including removal of a drywell (UIC #11228-1) and surrounding soil at the Bullseye Glass Company located at 3722 SE 21st Ave., Portland, Oregon. This drywell was used for the subsurface disposal of stormwater drained from the roof at Bullseye’s glass manufacturing facility. Work included removal of fill materials and surrounding soil, confirmation soil sampling and the installation of five monitoring wells. Work was performed in accordance with Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-044-0040.
Five monitoring wells were installed near the drywell in January 2018. Groundwater analytical data from these wells has not yet been received at DEQ.
New maximum chromium usage allowance
After review of source tests and modeling data, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has determined that chromium emissions at certain usage rates at the Bullseye Glass Co. facility, located at 3722 SE 21st Ave. in Portland, are well below the required levels established by the Oregon’s Colored Art Glass Manufacturer Rules that are protective of public health. DEQ has approved Bullseye’s request to set restricted usage rates.
DEQ has concluded that Bullseye’s baghouse is effective at reducing emissions of chromium and has established the following maximum allowable chromium usage rates: 358 pounds per day and 14,202 pounds per year. At the approved restricted usage levels, airborne concentrations are not expected to produce short- or long-term health effects in people. DEQ will continue to work with the Oregon Health Authority to monitor and analyze data to ensure concentrations remain below acute health safety standards.
You may view reference materials below.
- DEQ approval letter to Bullseye on chromium usage rates, June 27, 2017.
- Bullseye's request for maximum allowable chromium usage rates, June 1, 2017.
- DEQ's report on review of Bullseye's source test results, June 26, 2017.
- DEQ's report on review of Bullseye's modeling results, June 26, 2017.
- Bullseye's revised report on source testing, June 22, 2017.
DEQ receives Title V application
As part of the Mutual Agreement and Final Order between DEQ and Bullseye Glass Company, Bullseye has submitted their application for a Title V air quality permit. See the application below for more information. DEQ has begun its review of the application and will provide more updates upon completion.
- Bullseye Area-Wide Air Sampling and Analysis Plan
- Bullseye Glass Area-Wide Soil Sampling Report, Phase 2 - October 2016
- Bullseye Glass Company Drywell #1 Cleanup Proposed WorkplanDEQ Response to Comments
- Bullseye Glass Company Source Testing - DEQ approval, February 2017
- Bullseye Glass Company Source Testing - January 2017
- Bullseye Glass Furnace Cleaning Letter to DEQ, June 15, 2016
- Bullseye Glass Information April - May 2016
- Bullseye Glass Source Evaluation Report – Supplemental
- Bullseye Glass Source Evaluation Report, June 8, 2016
- Bullseye Glass Source Test Plan - January 2017
- Bullseye Glass Source Test Review Report, June 20, 2016
- Bullseye Glass Title V Application
- Bullseye Glass Voluntary Cleanup Cost Agreement
- Bullseye MAO addendum - March 2017
- Bullseye Metal Usage Allowances
- Bullseye Mutual Agreement and Final Order - June 2016
- Bullseye Notice to Construct
- DEQ approval of source test plan
- DEQ's Cease and Desist order renewal, May 27, 2016
- DEQ's memo to Governor Kate Brown, May 19, 2016
- DEQ's memo to Governor Kate Brown, May 26, 2016
- DEQ's order to Bullseye
- Governor's directive, May 27, 2016
- July 21, 2016 letter regarding stormwater and sediment sampling results, northeast drywell
- July 21, 2016 letter regarding stormwater and sediment sampling results, northeast drywell - Table 1 - Sediment Quality Data
- July 21, 2016 letter regarding stormwater and sediment sampling results, northeast drywell - Table 2 - Stormwater Quality Data
- June 28, 2016 order to Bullseye about stormwater
- Mutual Agreement and Final Order, Addendum No. 1 - June 24, 2016
- Nov. 21, 2017: Mutual Agreement and Order - Stormwater Violations
- Questions and Answers About Bullseye Source Test Results and DEQ Actions
- Questions and Answers About the Bullseye Glass Co. Mutual Agreement and Final Order
- Questions and Answers: Bullseye Glass Company Opacity's Violation
- Questions and Answers: Bullseye Glass Company's Baghouse Malfunction
- Source Test Plan
- Source Testing at Bullseye Glass Company
- Underground Injection Control Facility Closure Plan, Bullseye Glass Company
- Warning Letter