The lawsuit was filed on behalf of at least seven Southeast Portland residents in Multnomah County Court this Thursday.
“Bullseye had been using the neighborhood’s air and backyards as a dumping ground for the arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and other toxins it sends up its smokestacks,” lawyers write in the suit.
“Notwithstanding the fact that Bullseye uses thousands of pounds each year of these toxic heavy metals in its glass furnaces, it has decided not to install any pollution control technology to capture these pollutants.
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Protestors rallied against the Department of Environmental Quality’s actions at the Pioneer Courthouse Square on Thursday.
The agency admitted it knew about the pollution but didn’t act. So Portlanders who were told not to eat vegetables from their gardens because they could be tainted with chemicals harvested those veggies and marched them to DEQ’s Portland offices to see if they wanted a taste.
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DEQ Chief Dick Pedersen announced his resignation over ‘health concerns’ on Tuesday.