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Progress Report on Stormwater Runoff

FOR RELEASE October 10, 2016—As you may know, Bullseye Glass Co. has been working closely with state and local officials to reach full compliance with the evolving standards for operating the Bullseye facility. We want to keep our friends and neighbors informed of the progress we are making to protect human health and the environment in our neighborhood.

Under the guidance and supervision of DEQ, Bullseye has already implemented a significant environmental protection capital investment program, installing baghouses on 12 of our furnaces. Another 6 furnaces will be controlled by baghouses by the end of November 2016.

We recently inspected, tested, and serviced stormwater drywells that are used to capture and control rainwater from the Bullseye facility roof. Last week we had a work crew uncovering part of the southwest driveway and servicing one of our two drywells. For those interested, here is the background.

  • Like many commercial properties on the east side, Bullseye has two stormwater drywells (also called “underground injection controls” (UICs)) on its property that have been authorized for use under DEQ rules. These drywells are underground concrete chambers (about 8 feet deep x 5 feet in diameter, connected to roof drains) that collect and dissipate rainwater from roofs at Bullseye.
  • Drywell #2 was inspected by DEQ on June 23, 2016 and DEQ confirmed that this drywell was functioning properly, all sediment samples were within regulatory levels, and it met all requirements for continued use.
  • Drywell #1, however, was located underneath an asphalt driveway, and so DEQ asked Bullseye to uncover, inspect and sample the drywell sediment and stormwater. Bullseye completed the first phase of this work quickly and provided DEQ with the requested information on September 27, 2016. Bullseye conducted further testing on the drywell on October 4, 2016, and results will be provided to DEQ when received back from the lab.
  • After removing the asphalt, Bullseye discovered that Drywell #1 was clogged with sediment that had elevated levels of metals and some standing water. This sediment had accumulated over the past 24 years of use and indicated that the well was plugged and in need of clean-out and inspection.
  • With DEQ’s concurrence, Bullseye scheduled a licensed contractor to vacuum out and properly dispose of the accumulated sediment and water in Drywell #1 and then double rinse the drywell via high-pressure spray.
  • Bullseye will have Drywell #1 inspected by a UIC contractor and evaluate whether the drywell is fit for continued use or whether it should be decommissioned in accordance with DEQ rules. Bullseye is working closely with DEQ and the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services in making these determinations.
  • DEQ has stated that because Bullseye is in compliance with new rules for colored art glass manufacturers, current and future emissions should not impact roof runoff.

Thanks for your interest. As our work continues, we will post progress reports and keep you informed.