Bullyseye Glass Update:   Bullseye Glass Co. needs your help. 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing a set of sweeping “temporary” regulations that will severely curtail our production, without clear supporting scientific evidence or an understanding of how we make our glass. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Multnomah County Health Department have stated that there is no immediate health risk to our community. Nevertheless, DEQ is strongly considering adoption of temporary rules that are technically flawed, discriminate against two small companies unfairly, won’t improve Portland’s air quality, and aren’t necessary in the absence of acute health risks. Bullseye supports new regulations to improve air quality, but the temporary rules will not achieve that goal.

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DEQ is accepting public comment regarding the temporary rules until March 30 at 5:00 pm (PDT). To read the draft rules and submit comments, visit http://1.usa.gov/1LtqPaY

The primary issue is our use of trivalent chromium—also referred to as Cr(III). Both DEQ and EPA have acknowledged there is no clear evidence of acute or chronic health risks based on Bullseye’s use of Cr(III). The limitations proposed are based on politics and anchored in speculation that Cr(III) might possibly change into a more toxic form of chromium—Cr(VI) in our furnaces.

Scientific evidence clearly indicates our furnaces won’t turn Cr(III) into Cr(VI). If they did, our glass would be ruined. For more information on this, see this explanation by Dr. William LaCourse of Alfred University: http://www.bullseyeglass.com/about-us/faqs.html#chromium

Bullseye understands the public interest and supports stronger environmental standards for our industry. To that effect, the company has already begun the process of installing 99% efficient baghouses on furnaces that melt glasses with chromium. Bullseye Glass and DEQ will test these filtration devices to make certain they operate correctly.

As many of you know, Cr(III) is essential to us producing the glass you rely on. Scientific evidence shows our use of the compound is not harmful. Nevertheless, DEQ wants to restrict Bullseye from using Cr(III) for an extended period of time. They are essentially basing these rules on an assumption of guilt without any proper supporting scientific or factual evidence.

These newly proposed regulations are based on politics and fear, not science and fact. They come right after DEQ’s executive director was forced to resign and the supervisor of the air quality department left the agency.

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Daniel Clayman’s Circular Object One from his series “White Light” is being exhibited at the Corning Museum and currently included in the inaugural exhibition of the new wing at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Opens March 20th this weekend.

The new wing was designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, the 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing includes a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, the largest space anywhere dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art in glass. Adjacent to this new gallery is a renovated historic glass factory ventilator building that contains one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions, with 500 seats.

The new wing links three generations of glass architecture spanning 60 years. The ten-acre campus currently features a collection of buildings designed by Harrison & Abramowitz (1951), Gunnar Birkerts (1980), Smith-Miller + Hawkinson (2001), and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (2001).

Daniel Clayman will have 2 more sculptures from his series “White Light:” Aperture and Suspended Channel which will be on display during Habatat Galleries 43rd Annual International Glass Invitational. The oldest and largest annual studio glass exhibition in the world hosted by Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Michigan. Opens to the public April 25th at 8:00pm.