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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 approves drywell cleanup action work plan for the Bullseye Glass Company

The Department of Environmental Quality Northwest Regional office has approved a cleanup action work plan for removal and soil cleanup of a drywell which received roof runoff at the Bullseye Glass Company located at 3722 SE 21st Ave., Portland, Oregon.  The work plan, entitled Draft Underground Injection Control Facility Investigation and Closure Plan , proposes to decommission and remediate Drywell #1 (UIC #11228-1) in accordance with Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-044-0040. The DEQ approval includes comments and additions to some elements of the plan.
 
Drywell #1 was formerly used for the subsurface disposal of stormwater primarily draining from roofs at Bullseye’s glass manufacturing facility. Proposed work will include removal of fill materials and surrounding soil. Work will include confirmation soil sampling and installation of five monitoring wells. 
 

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.
 
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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.

 

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