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Mega-Dairy Air Pollution Threat Puts Environmentalists On Alert

NWPR/EarthFix | April 11, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Boardman, Oregon

Mega-dairies are finding themselves in conflict with neighbors and environmentalists because of their contributions to air pollution.

Business | Air | News | local | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Southeast Portland Residents Sue Precision Castparts Over Pollution

Pamplin Media Group | July 13, 2016 7:52 a.m. | Portland

Six residents of Southeast Portland have filed two separate class-action lawsuits against Precision Castparts Corp., alleging that its toxic air emissions have harmed their health and decreased property values.

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How Precision Castparts Got Its New Stormwater Pollution Controls

OPB | April 30, 2016 3:50 p.m.

The Portland company Precision Castparts has been under scrutiny for pollution. It says its spending $17 million on new environmental controls, but one upgrade is the result of a settlement.

Air | News | local | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland State University Launches New Toxic Air Pollution Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 27, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland State University, the city of Portland and Multnomah County announced plans Wednesday to spend $125,000 on a two-year study of the city’s toxic air pollution.

Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon Commission Approves New Pollution Rules For Glassmakers

OPB/EarthFix | April 21, 2016 1:30 p.m.

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve new air pollution restrictions for colored glassmakers statewide.

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Neighbors Protest Daimler At New Headquarters In Portland

OPB/EarthFix | April 19, 2016 1:31 p.m.

Neighbors of the Daimler Trucks manufacturing plant on Swan Island protested the opening of the company's new corporate headquarters in Portland Tuesday.

Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Bullseye Glass Resumes Using Cadmium With Pollution Controls

OPB/EarthFix | April 12, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Bullseye Glass has announced it plans to resume using cadmium in its glassmaking operation now that the company has installed a pollution control device to reduce harmful emissions.

Air | News | local | Health | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Health Officials Find 'Small' Cancer Increase Near Portland Glass Factories

OPB | April 1, 2016 4:05 p.m. | Portland

Health officials say there was a small but significant increase in the number of bladder cancers in North Portland over five years — between 1999 and 2003.

Air | News | local | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Air Testing Continues To Show Low Health Risks Near Portland Glassmakers

OPB/EarthFix | March 24, 2016 11:14 a.m. | Portland

Air testing conducted early this month near two Portland glassmakers shows no urgent health risks, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland Glassmaker Signs Agreement On Heavy Metals Pollution Controls

OPB/EarthFix | March 16, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Uroboros Glass has signed an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that prohibits the use of cadmium, chromium and nickel to protect public health until pollution controls can be installed on the company's furnaces.

Air | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

How Tree Moss Could Revolutionize What We Know About Air Pollution

OPB/EarthFix | March 15, 2016 6:30 a.m.

The U.S. Forest Service found a dirty secret hiding in Portland’s trees: Toxic hot spots of airborne heavy metals. The discovery has a lot of people talking about testing tree moss for air pollution.

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State Says Health Risks Around Portland Glass Manufacturers Are Low

OPB | March 9, 2016 3:13 p.m. | Portland

The announcement comes after weeks of concern following a study of moss and air that found arsenic levels 159 times higher than is considered safe, and cadmium levels 49 times higher.

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Bullseye Glass Takes Step To Add Air Pollution Filters

OPB/EarthFix | March 4, 2016 5 p.m.

The artistic glass maker at the center of Portland’s toxic air pollution controversy is taking steps to control its emissions.

Air | News | local | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Seattle Law Firm Files Class Action Lawsuit Over Portland Air Pollution

OPB | March 3, 2016 3:44 p.m. | Portland

Seven plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against Bullseye Glass, a Southeast Portland manufacturer accused of emitting unhealthy levels of toxic heavy metals.

Air | News | local | Health | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

People Near Glass Makers Want More State Help

OPB | March 1, 2016 4:16 p.m. | Portland

Families living near Portland glass manufacturers say they’re not getting enough help from the state to check potentially toxic heavy metal pollution.

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The Global Reach Of Bullseye Glass

OPB | Feb. 26, 2016 4:47 p.m. | Portland

Glassmaker's emission problem sends ripples through global art glass community.

Air | Environment

Regulators Not Worried About Pollution From Seattle Area's Artistic Glassmaker

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 26, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Since the discovery of heavy metals pollution coming from an artistic glass manufacturer in Portland, Washington regulators have taken a close look at a similar facility near Seattle. So far, they say, they’re not worried.

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Legislative Leaders On Lawmaking | Air Pollution in SE Portland

OPB | Feb. 23, 2016 12:06 p.m.

We talk with lawmakers in Salem about how the short legislation is looking. And we talk with parents, regulators and activists about air pollution hot spots in southeast Portland.

Arts | Air | News | local | Environment | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Reed College Cancels Ritual Plane Burning, Citing Air Quality Concerns

OPB | Feb. 20, 2016 3:54 p.m.

In one of the stranger consequences of Portland's air pollution scare, a Japanese sculptor has agreed to forgo the ritual burning of his artwork, which has been on display at Reed College.

Air | News | local | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland-Area Leaders Say They'll Create Local Air Agency, If DEQ Doesn't Act

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016 9:23 p.m. | Portland

Multnomah County chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wrote to Governor Kate Brown pressing for more state action. Absent that, they could form a new air quality agency.