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LRAPA Says Local Glassmaking Isn't Cause For Concern

Bryan M. Vance

Glass manufacturing is in the spotlight since high levels of cadmium and arsenic were traced to a Portland factory last month. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald checked in with Lane Regional Air Protection Agency to find out if there’s reason to be concerned about local glass-makers.

Jo Niehaus is with LRAPA. She says in Lane County, glass manufacturing is done on a much smaller scale that at Bullseye Glass in Portland.
Niehaus: “So these studios are not using cadmium and arsenic, which are the two metals discovered in high levels around the Portland facilities and most of the glass artists in Lane County are using pre-colored glass and are not adding metals directly to their art.”
Niehaus says LRAPA has been in contact with Lane County glass artists and is watching developments in Portland. She expects that Oregon will create a public process to strengthen regulations around glass manufacturing facilities in the future.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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