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Erin Brockovich May Visit Portland To Talk Toxics

February 26, 2016

A New York law firm that works with environmental activist Erin Brockovich said it wants to investigate the emissions from Portland art glass factories  

The firm is Weitz & Luxemberg, and it's the latest to offer free consultations to Portland residents.

The firm worked on a number of high profile class action cases, including the settlement against BP for the 2010 gulf oil spill.  

Attorney Robin Greenwald said a range of legal issues might be raised by the glass factory emissions, include negligence, nuisance and trespass.

“Everybody knows that arsenic is dangerous. Everybody," Greenwald said. "Just because there isn’t a regulation that says they should not be spewing arsenic into the air, (it) doesn’t absolve a corporation from acting in a careful, appropriate manner.”  

Greenwald said she got involved after dozens of people in Portland reached out to her firm. She and Brockovich are planning a trip to Portland.  

A prominent Seattle law firm, Keller Rohrback, is also in talks with Portland residents over the unhealthy emissions.  

Erin Brockovich, whose legal fight against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was made into a movie, is seen after testifying before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, March 7, 2001. The panel considered a bill that would establish exposure levels for mold and require property sellers to dislcose if a building has ever had mold problems. Brockovich said she and her family were suffering from mold growing in their home.

Rich Pedroncelli