Erin Brockovich coming to Portland over air quality

The environmental activist will speak April 2

Erin Brockovich in an undated photo (KOIN, file)
Erin Brockovich in an undated photo (KOIN, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Erin Brockovich, the environmental activist who came to prominence in a fight over toxic water, will be the keynote speaker at a free event in Portland on April 2.

Brockovich will be at Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street for the event that begins at 3 p.m. that Saturday. She is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m.

The community forum is being put together by the Eastside Portland Air Coalition, the group formed after recent discoveries of toxic air hotspots in areas of Portland.

In 1993, Brockovich took on and defeated Pacific Gas & Electric over their use of hexavalent chromium that contaminated groundwater. Since then she has been an outspoken advocate for communities battling for clean water and clean air.

On February 26, it was announced Brockovich is joining with Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. to help the residents of Portland with their fight for better air quality.

The April 2 event is free and open to the public.

The DEQ and the Oregon Health Authority announced March 17 that new toxic air data continues to show that there are low health risks for Portland residents.

The toxic air issue began last month when high levels of cadmium and arsenic were found in the air in Southeast Portland, near Bullseye Glass. In North Portland, high levels of toxics were found near Uroboros Glass.

Earlier in March, the DEQ and the OHA announced that soil tests in both areas show the toxics didn’t pose a risk of health problems for residents.

The March 17 results confirmed those findings, showing again that both air and soil tests collected reveal no urgent public health risk.

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