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Northern California Wildfires Bring Unhealthy Air To Oregon

OPB | Oct. 10, 2017 2:33 p.m. | Portland

Fires that have devastated parts of northern California are sending smoky air into southern and central Oregon.

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Lane County Air Pollution Reached Unprecedented Levels Last Week

The Register-Guard | Sept. 8, 2017 1:33 p.m.

If this week’s wildfire smoke left residents mistaking Lane County for another planet, that may be since the pollution was unmatched in modern county history.

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DACA | Eagle Creek Fire | District Attorneys

OPB | Sept. 5, 2017 noon

We hear reactions to President Trump's decision about DACA, the Eagle Creek Fire and an ACLU of Oregon campaign about the role of district attorneys.

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Smoke Poised To Make Ugly Return To Willamette Valley

The Register-Guard | Sept. 2, 2017 11:23 a.m.

Lane County Public Health posted an advisory online Friday warning residents to brace for extreme heat and smoke.

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Oregon Searches For Clean Air Funding After Lawmakers Say No

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2017 3:28 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is now in search of a new way to pay for the governor’s clean air initiative.  

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Uroboros' Impending Closure Deals Another Blow To NW Art Glass

OPB | Sept. 30, 2016 10:27 p.m. | Portland

North Portland art glass supplier Uroboros is the second this year to see the end of the line.

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Portland Glass Maker Uroboros To Close After Air Quality Concerns

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 3:22 p.m. | Portland

Portland-based glass maker Uroboros announced Wednesday it will discontinue operations in 2017 barring its sale, according to a news release.

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State Accepting Art Glass Comments For One More Week

OPB | July 22, 2016 8:50 a.m. | Portland

Regulators are trying to iron out whether regulations will apply to all makers across the state.

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Lead Tests For Bullseye Glass Neighbors Come Back Clean

OPB | May 25, 2016 3:14 p.m. | Portland

Lead test results are in for nearly 200 people who live and work near Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland. So far, none of them shows lead levels that would require medical care or follow-up.

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3 Things To Know About Bullseye Glass And DEQ Dispute

OPB | May 21, 2016 2:07 a.m. | Portland

Bullseye, a Portland art glass maker, responded to the state environmental agency's cease-and-desist order after an accusation that the company emitted dangerous levels of lead.

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Bullseye: DEQ Prefers To Close Us Down

OPB | May 20, 2016 10:04 p.m. | Portland

The art glass maker says the state environmental agency sought a cease-and-desist order before alerting the company to lead test results.

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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.

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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.

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Lane County Air Quality Earns 'F' From American Lung Association

The Register-Guard | April 21, 2016 11:48 a.m.

The national air health group has repeatedly dinged the county for the periodic short-term rises in particulate air pollution, caused by woodstoves or forest fires.

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Are Tattoo Inks Safe? Portland Air Quality Woes Raise Question

OPB | April 15, 2016 2:01 p.m. | Portland

With the concern about heavy metals in Portland’s air, another risk is pricking the minds of those sporting tattoos: do they contain heavy metals?

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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.

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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.

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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.