A barbershop in Bend, Oregon, has closed its doors due to carbon monoxy levels in its air, which are nearly five times higher than those found in homes in the state, according to the Oregon Department of Health.
The Barbershops Bend and Portland branch, located at 812 N.W. Main St., was closed on Monday due to the elevated levels, which exceeded the state’s daily maximums, according a health department statement.
The department also noted that the high carbon content of the air has contributed to the closure.
In an email to ABC News, Bend-based barbers Kevin Rocco and James Barbee said the barbers had been in contact with Health Department officials to ensure their shop was in compliance with all health guidelines and regulations.
In a statement to ABC affiliate KGW, Rocca said that while the air quality has increased, the shop is not closed as a result.
“The office of the barber’s chairman has confirmed that we are no longer in compliance,” Rocci said in the email.
“He said he’s had conversations with our customer service team and has not been contacted by Health officials.
He said the department is aware of the situation and will be working with them.”
Rocco, who owns Roccobars, said that the barbshop has experienced “the most challenging years of my life” since opening in 2013.
“We had the highest carbon level in the country and the carbon level here in Oregon is almost twice that,” he said.
Rocca, who is also the owner of Roccobs Hair Barbers, said the shop was able to shut down because of “lack of resources, the cost of maintaining it, the weather, and other reasons.”
The department said in a news release that “a significant portion of the building is now being used as a commercial space and will continue to be used as such.”
A statement on the Barbers’ Bend Facebook page said the “barbershop has been shut down due to a combination of air quality issues and the ongoing lack of staffing.”
The barbers are working with a nonprofit called Clean Energy America to help restore the bar, the statement said.
The closure comes after the state recently passed a law to cut carbon pollution from power plants.
In the past two years, the state has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by more than 5 million metric tons, or about 9 percent of total emissions from 2009 through 2016, according the Oregon Clean Air Council.
In December, the agency said that emissions from power plant operations had dropped to their lowest levels in four years, with no increase in CO2 emissions.
The Portland area is home to a large number of power plants, with many of them operating with carbon monochlorine emissions as a primary pollutant.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and other city leaders, including Oregon Governor Kate Brown, have said they want to increase the use of renewable energy in the area, but the city is still one of the biggest polluters in the nation.