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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.

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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