U.S. EPA on Tuesday announced its Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge, which seeks innovative plans for non-thermal technologies to destroy PFAS in firefighting foam. The challenge is partnership between federal and state environmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP); ECOS/ERIS; the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. EPA is offering up to $50,000 for the best concept(s), with added potential opportunity for field testing of the winning plan(s). The partners will help advertise and offer input on challenge concepts as needed.The challenge opens today and closes on November 23. Winners are expected to be announced in early 2021.
EPA’s Office of Research and Development will host an informational webinar on September 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern. See more information on the challenge here.