PSU works with Portland and Multnomah County on toxic air texts

Portland State University spearheads an initiative to conduct citywide air pollution tests for two years, starting this summer.

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Officials said the research is designed to respond to an outpouring of public concern over toxic metal hotspots discovered by a recent U.S. Forest Service study of tree moss. The study found multiple heavy metal hot spots across the city, including two cadmium hot spots near artistic glassmaking facilities.

PSU environmental studies professor Linda George will lead the project, which will be funded by $62,500 from PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, $31,250 from the City of Portland and $31,250 from Multnomah County.


The tests will not replace or duplicate DEQ monitors.

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