PORTLAND – A Portland manufacturing company responded to a study that named it the most toxic air polluter in the U.S., saying the study was “grossly misleading.”
Precision Castparts, a Portland-based company that manufactures metal products, was placed at the top of the “Toxic 100 Air Polluters” list released by the University of Massachusetts Amherst earlier this month.
According Jack Coleman, a spokesman for Precision Castparts, the study was flawed.
“The authors of the study assume that metal releases to the atmosphere have the same toxicity as the most toxic material,” said Coleman. He argued that most of their air emissions are metal dust, which is not as toxic as the study suggested.
“This study does not reflect the commitment of Precision Castparts to environmental compliance and the safety and well-being of our employees and the communities in which we live and work,” aid Emi Donis, the company’s vice president.
UMass - Amherst researchers created the Toxic 100 list by studying what was released into the air by companies in 2010.
The Department of Environmental Quality said it hasn’t had enforcement problems with Precision Castparts over the past ten years.