EPA Technical Challenge Seeks Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS

Emerging Issues, Regulations, Technology and Innovation

On August 25, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler launched an innovation challenge to identify solutions to destroy PFAS. The Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge is a partnership between federal and state agencies seeking detailed plans for non-thermal technologies to destroy PFAS in concentrated aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), used in firefighting. This challenge is part of implementing the PFAS Action Plan, a comprehensive cross-agency plan to address PFAS as an emerging chemical of concern. “EPA researchers and staff are harnessing the power of crowdsourcing to identify ways to destroy PFAS through non-incineration methods,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. To address the need for new non-thermal technologies that destroy PFAS without generating hazardous byproducts, EPA is offering up to $50,000 for the best design concept(s), with the added potential opportunity for field testing of the winning design concept(s) in partnership with EPA and ESTCP. Challenge details can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/innovation/innovative-ways-destroy-pfas-challenge. The challenge closes on November 23, 2020. Winners are expected to be announced in early 2021.