Bullseye Glass can resume operations, Oregon companies make Fortune 500 and Clinton makes Herstory in today’s headlines.
Let’s make a deal. Bullseye Glass can resume operations thanks to a deal with the Department of Environmental Quality that was finalized late Monday. Although operations cannot return to normal, Bullseye can use some metals with prior approval by the DEQ. The Portland glass company was issued a cease and desist order after toxic air pollutants were found as a result of the production process. Since then, the DEQ has been reviewing toxic air standards. OPB explains the agreement, and what it means for the glass company and the industry.
Astoria cleans up. Leaders in Clatsop County want the Department of Environmental Quality to postpone the closure of the polluted Astoria Marine Contruction Co. shipyard for at least five years. The DEQ was given oversight of the site’s cleanup in 2012, when the site avoided a Superfund listing as one of the most contaminated sites in the U.S. The required cleanup would cost at least $2 million. Leaders say a moratorium would save jobs. Read more from the Daily Astorian.
Bend’s bio aspirations. The first bioscience labroratories opened in Bend more than 40 years ago, but the city isn’t exactly known as a bioscience mecca. A few scientists want to change that — by spearheading a bioscience incubator at OSU-Cascades. Bend Research, one of the first two labs in Bend, is leading the charge. The Bend Bulletin has more.
Fortunate few. Fortune magazine released its annual top 500 companies list Monday, where three Oregon companies made rank. Beaverton-based Nike, which has been on the list for 22 years, moved into the top 100 for the first time, snagging No. 91. Portland company Precision Castparts Corp. was listed No. 282, and Lithia Motors, in Medford, made the list for the second time, at No. 346. See the full list from Fortune.
Herstory. ICYMI, Hillary Clinton has essentially cinched the Democratic presidential nomination. As of Monday evening, Clinton had secured the 2,383 delegates needed for the nomination. Bernie Sanders supporters haven’t lost faith, but by most accounts, Clinton will be the first female presidential nominee. NPR outlines how Clinton got there.
Closed for business. New Chinese regulations reportedly make it more difficult to operate for foreign companies, as well as shake confidence for those conducting business. U.S. officials are asking China to reduce business barriers. China, however, does not agree with the allegations, saying instead the country intends to “remain open.” More from Reuters here.