EPA awards nearly $500,000 to student teams for environmental technologies, including two for PFAS removal

May 8, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on May 1 $500,000 in research funding to five student teams to further develop their innovative ideas to solve environmental challenges, including two awards to treat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These awards are part of the EPA’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Program.

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, aims to reduce contaminants and provide safe drinking water by developing an innovative microwave-assisted membrane filtration system to enhance the removal of PFAS.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, aims to provide clean water and improved water treatment technologies by producing a sorbent-enhanced sand capping technology for PFAS-contaminated sediments to reduce mobilization and bioaccumulation of PFAS in sediments.

Click here to learn more about the P3 Phase II winners.

NGWA has long been an industry leader in providing PFAS research, education, and resources to the public and scientific communities. Learn more by visiting NGWA.org/PFAS, which is a complete resource center about the groundwater contaminants featuring a recently updated top-10 facts sheet, a position paper, and more.

Also found there is Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice, which NGWA published in 2017 and is one of the first PFAS guidance documents to be released. The Association hosted its second conference last year in Westerville, Ohio, focused entirely on PFAS science and remediation.