PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A federal judge approved a $6.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against Bullseye Glass.
The Southeast Portland glass manufacturing company is accused of releasing toxic heavy metals into the air. The lawsuit was filed in 2016 after a neighborhood monitoring study found toxic metals in the air. More than 2,000 households within several blocks of the SE 21st Avenue facility will receive payouts.
It’s unclear how much the families will get but attorney fees and air quality monitoring for the next two years will eat up about half of the total settlement. Homeowners are expected to be reimbursed for soil testing, removal and air cleaners.
Some homeowners told KOIN 6 News they are disappointed the company is still being allowed to operate. The state said Bullseye is no longer using certain metals, complying with regulations and added new air filtration technology.