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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 seeks comments on draft drywell cleanup action work plan for the Bullseye Glass Company

The Department of Environmental Quality seeks comments on a draft 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. All comments received will be considered prior to DEQ approval of the proposed work.
 
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 approximately 140 tons of drywell fill materials and concrete as well as surrounding soil down to approximately 15 feet. Work will include confirmation soil sampling and analysis. In addition, this work plan includes installation of five monitoring wells to be installed upgradient, downgradient, and cross-gradient from Drywell #1.
 
How to comment: Send comments to DEQ Project Manager Kenneth Thiessen at 700 NE Multnomah Street, Ste. 600, Portland OR 97232 or thiessen.kenneth@deq.state.or.us
 
For more information contact the project manager at 503-229-6015.
 

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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