Phytoremediation Using Underemployed Agicultural Assets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2002-33610-11790
Agency Tracking Number: 2002-00316
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
15100 Enterprise Ct., Ste 100, Chantilly, VA, 20151
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Blaylock
 (703) 961-8700
Business Contact
 Bruce Ferguson
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (703) 961-8700
Research Institution
Acknowledging the problems of drought and low farm prices, over the last three years the United States Congress has appropriated more than $20 billion in emergency farm aid to boost farm incomes, encourage conservation, and buy crop and livestock insurance. At the same time, millions of acres of the country are contaminated with lead, other metals, and organic pollutants that are expensive to remove using traditional techniques such as excavation and landfill. Edenspace Systems Corporation seeks to conduct a market feasibility study on whether underemployed farm labor and equipment can conduct large-scale environmental cleanup by using living plants to degrade or extract contaminants in a process called phytoremediation. The study will (i) categorize contaminated sites suitable for phytoremediation, (ii) identify agricultural expertise and equipment useful for phytoremediation, (iii) assess the likely costs and benefits of the approach, (iv) describe regulatory requirements and issues, and (v) explore the acceptability of the concept to environmental stakeholders and farming groups.

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