The EPA is awarding $ 100,000 to the Ann Arbor-based PFAS remediation company
ANN ARBOR, MI – An Ann Arbor company has received a Business Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
According to a press release, Purafide LLC received $ 100,000 of nearly $ 2.5 million for small businesses across the country to “develop innovative technologies” that support the EPA’s mission to protect human health.
Small Business Innovation Research Program companies receive Phase 1 awards of up to US $ 100,000 for six months for proof of concept of their technology. They can then submit a proposal for a second phase award of up to $ 400,000 to further develop their technology.
“We have the ability to meet our greatest environmental challenges with the strength and creativity of American entrepreneurs,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in a statement. “I congratulate all of the small businesses that have received EPA funding today. I look forward to working with them to harness the power of innovation for a healthier, safer and more equitable future. “
Purafide, LLC falls into the land revitalization category, dubbed “Novel Plasma Water Reactor for PFAS Remediation in Potable Water Reuse Systems” according to the press release.
PFAS levels in the Huron River, where Ann Arbor sources most of its drinking water, rose sharply over the past year. Barton Pond water sample test results showed four readings between 15.6 and 20.9 parts per trillion in May 2020 and then rose to 58.4 ppt each month through December.
The last three test results from January and February were double and triple what they were last spring. Ann Arbor officials have said they believe the growing pollution is coming downstream from Wixom.
Ann Arbor’s PFAS levels are rising again. The city says it’s from Wixom.
Other US companies received awards for providing solutions for air quality, clean and safe water, land revitalization, homeland security, sustainable materials management and safer chemicals.
MLive / The Ann Arbor News reporter Ryan Stanton contributed to this report.
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