The Government body has awarded $1.7m towards the development of key public health challenges such as those that tackle PFAS.
The US Environmental Protection Agency will give 16 businesses funds to tackle urgent environmental issues. As part of the Phase I contracts, each business will receive up to $100,000 for six months.
These firms will then be eligible to apply for Phase II contracts, which give up to £300,000 to bring their environmental technologies to market.
The technologies receiving funding as part of the US EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research programme include:
- DMax Plasma LLC’s remediation technology, which chemically reduces per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in contaminated water rapidly
- AAPlasma LLC’s water filtration technology, which removes PFOS and PFOA from water using just electricity
- Nutter & Associates’ project that identifies which plant species are best at remediating PFAS soil in roots via plant roots
- Framergy’s combined methane and volatile organic compound capture technology, which aims to reduce emissions at well sites and natural gas facilities
- and Accurate Environmental Laboratories’ standardised sampling methods for PFAS in soil and sediments.
"EPA is providing small businesses with financial support to develop innovative technologies that will address urgent environmental and public health needs across the nation," says Andrew Wheeler, EPA acting administrator.
"This year, we are encouraging the development of a variety of new technologies, including innovations to help address PFAS and improve water quality nationwide."