Air Toxics Update

spaqblogPassing on a few important news items discussed at the South Portland Air Quality meeting held at Pizza Roma on Saturday — all of which can also be found on the excellent South Portland Air Quality blog (clicking the graphic will take you there).


  • Precision Castparts has reserved a room at the Monarch Hotel (12566 SE 93rd Avenue in Clackamas, near the Clackamas Town Center) for a community meeting, to be held tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. Introductions and about a half-hour presentation from the Precision team will be followed by a lengthy Q&A session. Transportation by bus supplied by Precision is available on a first-come, first-serve basis from the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center at 5:30; the bus will return at 8:15. Read more in this Portland Tribune article.
  • The first results of a new air monitoring effort begun by DEQ in March at the behest of Portlanders concerned about reports of toxics in the air were released late last week. Community members are trying hard to understand the science behind the reports and what it may mean for their long-term health. Read more about the DEQ’s findings here and at
  • A class action lawsuit has been filed against Precision Castparts by two residents who live within a mile of the metals manufacturing plant. Read more at

— WNA Vice Chair Becky Luening