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The Bullseye Glass Co. in the Brooklyn neighborhood is going thru the process of permit renewal

DAVID F. ASHTON - Exhaust from glass melting furnaces at Bullseye Glass Company, such as this one, are filtered to far exceed new Cleaner Air Oregon regulations, according to the company. On Tuesday, December 17, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) held a public hearing at TaborSpace, in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood, where verbal and written comments were encouraged regarding any conditions for the Brooklyn-neighborhood-based Bullseye Glass Company's draft air quality permit, known officially as "Title V" permit.

This "Title V" permit will carry forward the air quality emissions regulations that were required of the company beginning in June 2016, explained ODEQ Northwest Region Public Affairs Specialist Lauren Wirtis.

There are essentially two elements to an air quality permit, Wirtis said:

· Applicable state and federal requirements

· Monitoring, reporting, and record-keeping requirements to demonstrate compliance

 

"For Bullseye Glass, the applicable requirements include things like the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulations regarding Glass Manufacturing, Oregon's Colored Art Glass Manufacturing Rules, Bullseye's Mutual Agreement and Order it signed with the state, and other DEQ air quality standards," Wirtis told THE BEE.

 

The Bullseye Glass facility must continue to monitor its air emissions, and its equipment to control these emissions, submitting regular reports to DEQ.

"For example, Bullseye must monitor and maintain records about the type and amount of glass produced in each furnace [daily], the quantity of hazardous air pollutants used in each batch, type and amount of fuels used in each furnace [monthly], et cetera," Wirtis explained. "ODEQ can perform unannounced inspections, and ask the facility to produce its records."

 

Once the permit had been drafted, ODEQ issued a public notice that provides the public an opportunity to submit written public comments and request a hearing. In Bullseye's case, a public hearing was scheduled for December 17; the public comment period ended on January 10, 2020.

"ODEQ is now in the process of reviewing comments," Wirtis said.

In addition to about a dozen members of the public, and the regulators, Bullseye Glass Company staff – including Vice President Jim Jones – said they were attending to answer questions.

"Bullseye Glass representatives respond to specific questions regarding the company's operations, and stated that Bullseye is more than willing to comply with the regulations under the new Title V air permit," Jones explained. "The Title V permit will require some additional reporting and monitoring, but it will not change the current emission standards.

"The environmental protection control technology installed on company furnaces over three years ago [still] ensure that Bullseye far exceeds the new Cleaner Air Oregon regulations," said Jones. "It will likely take a couple of months to wrap up the response to comments to the application; ODEQ will make a decision on the Bullseye Glass Company Title V permit – certainly by the end of this first quarter," the Bureau's Wirtis told THE BEE.


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