Kentucky Educational TV (KET) tells story of recycling mission at the heart of the young Bullseye factory. Watch the video on YouTube.
Bullseye receives US patent for opalizing recycled glass. Read about the patent.
Bullseye installs water recirculating system, reduces water usage by 60%, receives BEST award from Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development. About the award.
Bullseye Installs Liquid Oxygen System reducing carbon emissions by ~40% and nitrous oxide emissions by ~90%. The installation team.
2005, November 5
DEQ informs Bullseye of new proposed EPA regulations aimed at large glass manufacturers. Advises Bullseye to contact EPA and make them aware of Bullseye’s size and glassmaking methods. EPA determines that its regulations, known as National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (or NESHAP 6S), is not meant to apply to glassmakers like Bullseye, and grants exemption to the company and other US colored art glass manufacturers.
DEQ conducts 18 days of air sampling at SE 22nd Ave & Powell Blvd. The data.
2015, October 6 - November 2
U.S. Forest Service shares results of soil tests taken directly below moss-bearing trees with DEQ. Results show that average arsenic and cadmium levels in the soil around Bullseye show no environmental contamination attributable to Bullseye at the same place as the moss samples.
2016, Between January 21-24
Two DEQ officials visit the Bullseye facility, provide a copy of the air monitor readings. They assure Bullseye managers that it is fully in compliance with its air emissions permit. They also inform Bullseye that the information was leaked to the press. Moments later Bullseye is contacted by the media asking for comments on a situation it has only learned about moments before.
2016, February 1
Bullseye announces it will suspend use of cadmium and arsenic, and hires an environmental consultant: Bullseye announcement.
2016, February 2
Following leak to press, OHA and DEQ issue statement that they are investigating metal pollutants in SE Portland air. DEQ/OHA statement.
2016, February 3
Multnomah County Health Department organizes community meeting at Cleveland High School. DEQ, OHA, USFS officials in attendance display map purporting to show Bullseye and another colored glass manufacturer as the sources of all cadmium moss concentration in Portland. Estimated 500-800 people attend. OPB article and PPS video on YouTube. Photo credit: Beth Nakamura/the Oregonian
2016, February 9
Multnomah County Health Department releases map of estimated cadmium concentrations that suggests two glass factories (Bullseye and Uroboros) are the only sources in the city of Portland. OHA risk assessment.
2016, February 11
DEQ/Multnomah County/OHA tell residents within ½ mile of Bullseye not to eat vegetables from their gardens. Oregonian coverage.
2016, February 15
Neighborhood meeting at Abernethy Elementary School. Panel includes class action lawyer who encourages audience to sue Bullseye, not DEQ. Watch on YouTube.
2016, February 17
DEQ releases results of extensive soil sampling conducted around Bullseye in February. Concludes that cumulative effect of Bullseye’s operations on the surrounding area presents “no excess risk” to its neighbors. States at same time that it is safe to eat produce from gardens around Bullseye.
2016, March 9
Unknown to Bullseye, DEQ’s Hammond contacts EPA asking it to reinterpret and retroactively apply regulations, recategorizing Bullseye’s furnaces contrary to established glass industry definitions (Title V, NESHAP 6S). DEQ and EPA had for ten years told Bullseye they were exempt from these regulations.
2016, March 9
Bullseye meets with Hammond, follows with email confirming that they will complete baghouse installation by Sept 1. Bullseye asks that EQC not move forward with temporary rules that will permanently tarnish company’s reputation, but focus instead on working with the legislature to establish air toxic standards for all small businesses that use Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).
2016, March 21
Two elevated lead readings are picked up on air monitors near Bullseye. These readings did not exceed federal air quality standards. According to the director of the Toxicology Information Center at OHSU, “any air concentration that would produce toxicity within 24 hours would be…many thousands of times higher” than 150 ng.
2016, May 8-9
Bullseye responds to the Cease and Desist order. Read the response.
2016, May 20
DEQ holds meeting to discuss economic impact on CAGMs. Refuses to seat Bullseye owner. DEQ extends Cease & Desist Order for another ten days. OPB article.
2016, May 27
U.S. Forest Service releases full moss study showing the presence of metals in nearly all the moss samples throughout the city.
OPB article on full data set.
Interactive map of all areas where 346 samples gathered.
2016, June 8