PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Fiercely proud of its reputation as one of the most environmentally minded cities in America, Portland, Oregon, is reeling from the discovery of poisonous heavy metal “hot spots” in the air and ground.
Two top state air regulators have resigned. Residents are rushing to the doctor to get tested. And politicians are scrambling to do damage control.
The problem: High levels of cadmium, arsenic and chromium have been found around two glass factories in the city.
Portland’s liberal politics and embrace of walkability, recycling, farm-to-table dining and organic food are often lampooned on the TV series “Portlandia.”
The mayor says the heavy metal contamination is “very much at odds with our view of ourselves.”