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Dan, it's profit that matters, not revenue. If BG sold 20M on costs of 15M, then sure, this is easily do-able. But if they sold 20M on costs of 25M, then that's a very different story. I'm not defending BG, only pointing out that using sales as your Villainy Yardstick is somewhat fraught.
(And a third-hand sales figure at that. Seriously, what private company tells cold-calling data miners their true earnings figures, or any figures at all? If Johnny Infogroup calls Steve Humphrey tomorrow, does Steve just rattle off the Mercury's profit and loss sheet for him?)
I seriously doubt the owners of Bulleyes woke up one morning and said lets kill some babies with our glass. This is SE Portland; historic home to rail-yards, battery recyclers, metal platers, body shops, auto salvage, metal shops, printers. There could be dozens of potential sources for hazardous chemicals. Is anyone checking the dirt around Free Geek. Just sayin. Let folks do their job instead of letting another PM hack try to earn his spurs on the back of a business that until now has been one of the darlings of the Portland manufacturing.
It's a problem, they'll fix it. Untwist your panties and find an organization that genuinely deserves serious scrutiny.
Bullseye continues operating at the height of irresponsibility.
DEQ said they were fine. Most company's dont hire chemists or do any kind of research on harmful affects of the products they produce. They just let DEQ tell them what to do. They started their company 42yrs ago here because the laws were so strict on small company's polluting the air and soil. The DEQ is such an amazing agency and expert on glass manufacturing that Bullseye didn't have to do any research. DEQ has been BUllseye's conscience for 42 yrs! Now thats the kind of team work that keeps neighborhoods safe! Who wouldn't want a company like Bullseye in their neighborhood!
Danny Boy, it's not becoming to beg for praise. Try not to do it again.
EDIT: Wait, Daniel Forbes is still using an AOL email address?!??!!! How the fuck is anyone supposed to take anything he says seriously?! Someone tell this guy about Gmail.
"Monro replied that he didn’t think, given the high temperatures involved in making glass, that it was even possible to use such a control on their furnaces. The EPA says furnaces contribute "over 99% of the total emissions from a glass plant, both particulates and gaseous pollutants.”
But Monro is wrong, according to Eleftherakis, Frost, and the EPA.'"
WOW...That's Dave Monro chief permitter for DEQ. This is such a profoundly ignorant response from someone who should know exactly how effective a Donaldson Torit filter can be that it exposes really remarkable incompetence at the regulating agency. It's what the filters are made to do.
For the owners of either company to suggest that they did not know Cadmium vapor might be an issue is equally remarkable. The arsenic is another interesting issue not yet well explored. It has also not dealt with Lead and Chrome
This is really like getting two drunks to go through an intervention. They simply can't envision life without the sauce. Time to get their knees nailed to the floor and to beg forgiveness and to order the filtration systems tomorrow.
Second, doesn't Bullseye have three plants (PDX, Oakland, Seattle)? If so, the $20 million revenue should be compared to the cost of scrubbing the stacks at all 3, right? So $1.5-3 million? Unless the devices are already installed at those sites?
Further, don't confuse Bullseye with Uroboros and Spectrum. Very different entities but the ones in Portland have the cadmium levels beyond acceptable norms. I find it fascinating that there are people scolding others about being upset over toxins in the air of a day care center. . 150 times the normal level acceptable? Really ? That's OK?
Baghouses can be amortized like most other tooling. They are not obscenely expensive as many other glass manufacturers have found.
Let's be clear, each one of these companies is filled with hardworking americans who care about this issue deeply. To think otherwise is inhuman. The evidence is clear considering each one of the companies has responded to the requests made by DEQ. Each one is willing and able to work towards a solution. But now each one of the over 300 people employed at these companies, who are your neighbors here in Portland, fear violent reprisal and risk to their livelihoods. It's a shame that decency has not prevailed. I pray the Portland Mercury take a look at the entire story that is unfolding before our very eyes.
There are almost no legal limits to dumping toxins in the air. It is fully legal dumping that mirrors the dumping in rivers over 100 years ago.
Profit driven institutions drive our lawmakers and our voting choices. Democrats created this toxic situation. The Dem. establishment has a majority in Salem ( Gov/House/Senate) . Even the “liberal” papers (Mercury/WWeek) keep this pattern going by ignoring campaigns of true progressives seeking clean air and endorsements. If the Mercury and readers want change, change your votes to locals who run for the Green Party and don’t cozy up to profit over people.
Our whole system is broken, but the revolution is coming.