PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Health Authority, in partnership with five other state and local agencies, is providing free screenings on Saturday, Oct. 15, for anyone concerned about metals in their soil.
The screening will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Portland Community Center at 740 Southeast 106th Avenue in Portland.
Residents can bring in a dry soil sample in a Ziploc-style plastic bag. The free screening will test the soil for lead, cadmium, arsenic and chromium. Experts will be available to speak with community members about their screening results.
In addition, free blood lead level tests will be offered during the event, and a soil safety class will run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Community concerns about toxic metals in the ground and air were heightened after a February report by the Department of Environmental Quality which stated that moss studies found high levels of toxic metals in Portland.
The DEQ stated that the elevated levels of toxic metals were likely coming from two glass manufacturing plants: Bullseye Glass Company in Southeast Portland and Uroboros Glass in North Portland.
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Uroboros closed in September.
Bullseye remains open, and even after the company installed new pollution controls, the Oregon Health Authority reported on Sept. 16 that the air around Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland continued to have toxic levels of heavy metals.
For more information about the free screening event, please click here or call Ola Adeniji at 971-673-1211.