EHAP is in the process of developing a Public Health Assessment (PHA) for
the community surrounding the Uroboros facility in North Portland. The PHA will evaluate environmental data collected by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), to better understand the long-term health risks from emissions. As of September 28th 2016, Uroboros Glass announced plans to discontinue operations in early 2017.
EHAP convened a series of three 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:
- Receive input and feedback from the local residents into the exposure assumption and scenarios that will be used in the PHA.
- Educate participants about the PHA process and build community capacity in environmental health.
- Develop relationships with local residents, to help build trust in the long-term PHA process.
- 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.
- Ensure that community concerns are highlighted, incorporated and addressed through the PHA process.
EHAP will reconvene the CAC group for share the findings
and recommendations of the public comment version of the PHA.
A recent 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 two glass manufacturing facilities (Bullseye and Uroboros). It isn't known how moss concentrations may correlate to air concentrations that people actually breathe. After high levels of metals were detected in the air at the Bullseye Glass facility, DEQ also placed air monitors near Uroboros.
The release of a document for public comment is estimated for early 2018.
Agencies collaborating on the Bullseye Glass Assessment efforts include:
- Oregon Health Authority (EHAP)
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)