EPA and Partners Announce Technical Challenge to Destroy PFAS in Firefighting Foam

EPA has partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD), the Environmental Council of States (ECOS) and the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS), and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment to launch a technical challenge to discover new non-thermal technologies and approaches to destroy PFAS in firefighting foam. EPA is offering up to $50K for the best design concept(s) to remove at least 99 percent of PFAS in unused AFFF without creating any harmful byproducts, with the added potential opportunity for field testing in partnership with EPA and DoD. The challenge closes on November 23, 2020 and winners are expected to be announced in early 2021. For more information, read the press release and visit EPA’s website: https://www.epa.gov/innovation/innovative-ways-destroy-pfas-challenge.