- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon officials say a study of new data from two Portland neighborhoods show pollution levels aren’t an immediate threat to people’s health.

There’s been a public outcry over the discovery of elevated levels of cadmium, arsenic and chromium in neighborhoods surrounding two glass plants.

Health and environmental officials have been testing the air and soil in areas near the two glass plants, and the latest results released Thursday show there’s no immediate cause for concern in either area.

Moving forward, the state will investigate the long-term health effects of exposure and also see if there’s cause for concern in other parts of the city.

Both glass plants voluntarily stopped using the chemicals last month, and one facility agreed this week to stop indefinitely.

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