In March 2016, several Southeast Portland residents filed suit against Bullseye Glass Co., after learning the company had been polluting their neighborhood’s air for several decades with high levels of cadmium, chromium, arsenic and other heavy metals.
Cadmium levels near the plant were found to be 49 times higher than a state health benchmark. Exposure to cadmium can cause kidney disease, while arsenic and chromium have been linked to cancer. Such revelations also helped spawn a statewide clean air initiative, Cleaner Air Oregon, promoted by Gov. Kate Brown.
Last Thursday, plaintiffs in the case filed an additional motion seeking an unspecified amount of punitive damages against the company, which incorporates the metals in stained glass products it makes at 3722 S.E. 21st Ave.
Their suit, known as Meeker et al. v. Bullseye Glass Co, now has 10 plaintiffs. Filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the original complaint sought an unspecified amount of damages to cover the cost of things like testing and remediating soil.
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