- Associated Press - Saturday, February 13, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two Portland glass companies have agreed to stop the use of a carcinogenic metal at the request of the state environmental agency, the Oregonian reported.

Uroboros Glass and Bullseye Glass Co. said they will no longer use hexavalent chromium, a carcinogenic metal made famous in the Julia Roberts movie “Erin Brockovich.”

But Bullseye Glass told the state it will continue using trivalent chromium, Nina DeConcini, an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality regional administrator, told the newspaper. DeConcini tells the Oregonian that the state is concerned because it is possible for trivalent chromium as a raw ingredient to result in hexavalent chromium emissions.

She says Uroboros Glass will not use any chromium compounds.

DeConcini says state regulators do not believe they have the legal authority to force the company to stop using all chromium.



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