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3/31/2016

Air monitoring still showing low levels of metals; health risk also low

Agencies report results of 24-hour monitoring during week ending March 15

Short-term health risk remains low near two Portland glass companies, as air monitors deployed in southeast and north Portland continue to show low levels of heavy metals.

The five monitors—one set up near Uroboros Glass in North Portland and four near Bullseye Glass Co. in Southeast Portland—have been running 24 hours a day since March 1. Experts say there has been no change in levels of metals in the air since monitoring data for the week ending March 8 were reported on March 24.

The levels of all metals measured in the air near Bullseye were many times lower than what was measured there in October 2015, according to today’s air monitoring results. They can be found on the SaferAirOregon website.

None of the sampling results were higher than the Oregon 24-hour screening levels. That means that there is no immediate or urgent health risk related to these new results, according to analysis by an Oregon Health Authority toxicologist. Oregon 24-hour screening levels are short-term concentrations below which acute—or immediate—health effects are not expected to occur.

The newly released data covers monitoring from March 9 to March 15. The monitoring locations are the same five sites as those used in February to collect air samples that were reported March 24. Data from those samples also showed no readings above Oregon 24-hour screening levels. Both companies voluntarily suspended use of the metals of concern in February.

Weekly air monitoring data will continue to be reported each Thursday by an interagency group that includes DEQ, OHA and Multnomah County Health Department and published at SaferAir.Oregon.gov.

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