Dear Northeast Portland residents,
As some of you may be aware, it has come to the public’s attention
that a number of Portland neighborhoods- including the inner Northeast neighborhoods, have been experiencing high concentrations of cadmium, arsenic, and other metals, as found in air toxics samples obtained from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. These metals are carcinogenic, and have both short and long term health effects on humans when exposed for certain extended periods of time.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has released maps showing the concentrations of cadmium and the affected neighborhoods. The US Forest Service released the maps showing arsenic levels in different locations as well. These elevated concentrations of air toxics has been linked to glass production sites, as cadmium, arsenic, and other metals are often used in coloring glass.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
A joint community meeting is taking place this week, Thursday, February 18. Attend this meeting to receive more information from the agencies responsible for the situation, have your questions answered, and meet with other affected community members. Childcare and interpretation in Spanish will be provided.
Where: Tubman Building Cafeteria, 2231 N. Flint
When: Thursday, Feb. 18
- 5 pm to 7 pm: Open House where residents can get information and talk with staff.
- 7 pm to 9 pm: Formal presentation and question/answer.
by: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Multnomah County Public Health Department, Oregon Health Authority, and Portland Public Schools
Any questions about the issue of air toxic pollution can be directed to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.