EHAP is in the process of developing a Public Health Assessment (PHA) for the community surrounding the Bullseye facility in southeast Portland. The PHA will evaluate environmental data collected by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), to better understand the long-term health risks before and after the facility took steps to reduce their emissions. The assessment will consider exposure scenarios in two segments- before regulatory actions were taken (estimated by October 2015 monitoring data) and after regulatory actions were taken (estimated by monitoring data from Bullseye since March 1,2016).
EHAP has convened a series of four Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, made up of residents who live and/or work within a half mile of Bullseye. These meetings have been designed to:
- 1. Receive input and feedback from the local residents into the exposure assumption and scenarios that will be used in the PHA.
- 2. Educate participants about the PHA process and build community capacity in environmental health.
- 3. Develop relationships with local residents, to help build trust in the long-term PHA process.
- 4. Identify the most relevant way of communicating to the broader community about the PHA and the conclusions and recommendations that will result from the process.
- 5. Ensure that community concerns are highlighted, incorporated and addressed through the PHA process.
EHAP will reconvenve the CAC group for their unput into the findings and recommendations of the public comment version of the PHA.
A study by the United States Forest Service (USFS) analyzed moss samples collected around Portland, for concentrations of heavy metals. USFS found cadmium, a top concern of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), at the highest concentrations near the Bullseye Glass manufacturing facility. It isn't known how moss concentrations may correlate to air concentrations that people actually breathe. To better understand what is in the air, DEQ placed an air monitor near the facility, and the results showed cadmium and arsenic were at levels that exceeded health benchmarks. DEQ and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) continue to work together
to reduce metals emissions and determine long term health implications.
Plan for Public Health Assessement Related to Metals Emissions in Portland
Healthy Gardening Resources
Clinician Guidance: Cadmium Testing
Protective Benefits of Eating a Diet Rich in Calcium, Iron, Vitamin C, and other Micronutrients
The release of a document for public comment is estimated for mid 2017.
May 9, 2016: OHA continues assessments of long-term risks near Bullseye, Uroboros
Cleaner Air Oregon
Agencies collaborating on the Bullseye Glass Assessment efforts include:
- Oregon Health Authority (EHAP)
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)