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Field-deployable Measurement of Fluorocarbons in Water

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HERD19C0008
Agency Tracking Number: B181B-0001
Amount: $99,446.67
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 18-NCER-1B
Solicitation Number: 68HE0D18R0010
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-10-31
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place
Rockledge, FL 32955-5327
United States
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Yelvington
 Chief Chemical Engineer
 (321) 631-3550
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have been identified as a serious health contaminant in water at levels between 12 and 516 parts per trillion by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. In 2016, the EPA set a lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion for two PFASs, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS). These compounds come from a variety of sources including non-stick cookware and cleaning products, aqueous film forming foams for firefighting, and numerous other manufacturing and specialty applications.
Recently, numerous government agencies including the Air Force, Navy, Army, and local municipalities have been tasked with sampling hundreds of locations for these contaminants. However, the current EPA Test Method 537 is a laborious and expensive process that requires samples be shipped out and measured in a lab. In order to better protect our nation’s water supplies, Mainstream will develop a field-deployable analyzer of fluorocarbons (FAF) in water. The system will detect down to the EPA’s recommended limits and allow for rapid on-site detection, changing the way PFAS data is collected and allowing acquisition of higher resolution data.

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