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EPA Announces New PFAS Research Grants

Last week EPA announced that it is awarding $3.9 million through two grants that target research to better understand human and ecological exposure to PFAS. This research also intends to promote restoration of water quality in communities that have been impacted by PFAS. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said “These grants will help fulfill a key goal in EPA’s PFAS Action Plan: strengthening science and research in order to better understand the characteristics and impacts of PFAS.” He added, “This funding will also help researchers develop new strategies to further protect our communities and environment from harmful PFAS exposure.”

Grants have been awarded to the following universities:

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, to research the fate, transport, bioaccumulation, and exposure of a diverse suite of PFAS in nationally representative PFAS impacted communities.

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, to study the toxicity of a large collection of PFAS and PFAS mixtures with the zebrafish assay and mice studies to identify toxic PFAS that require prioritization for risk management.