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EPA Funds Small Businesses to Develop Environmental Technologies


WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced eight contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

"The green technologies that these SBIR companies are developing will help us address some of today's most pressing environmental and public health issues" said Dr. Thomas A. Burke, EPA's Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development.

The phase II contracts announced today provide the companies $300,000 to further develop and commercialize their products and ideas. Phase II awards are only available to companies that previously submitted research proposals for their innovative technologies and were awarded phase I contracts up to $100,000.

Today's recipients include:
Aspen Products Group, Inc. - Marlborough, Mass. for developing a filtration device to control emerging contaminants in drinking water supplies.
Environmental Fuel Research, LLC - Philadelphia, Pa. for developing a system to produce biofuel from grease trap waste.
ETSVP-JV, LLC - Roanoke, Va. for developing innovative filters using nanomaterials to remove gaseous pollutants and particulates from contaminated air streams.
Lucid Design Group, Inc. - Oakland, Calif. for developing technology to drive behavior energy savings in commercial buildings.
MesoCoat, Inc. - Euclid, Ohio for developing corrosion-resistant coatings on steel to replace current more hazardous methods.
Precision Combustion, Inc. - North Haven, Conn. for developing regenerable high efficiency filter technology to remove gaseous pollutants from indoor air.
Sustainable Bioproducts, LLC - Bozeman, Mont. for developing a low-cost, simple, and scalable microbial process for conversion of municipal solid waste to fuels using fungus.
Vista Photonics, Inc. - Las Cruces, N.M. for developing an inexpensive, high-performance, portable air pollution monitor to continuously measure atmospheric ammonia.

EPA funds many environmentally-minded small businesses so they can bring their innovative technologies to market. A previous SBIR winner, GVD Corporation, created an environmentally friendly mold-release coating that makes indoor air healthier in manufacturing facilities by reducing the use of harmful chemicals.

Okeanos Technologies is developing a new energy-efficient seawater desalination technology that could provide clean and affordable water where it is needed most. Providence Photonics is working to develop a real-time monitor that optimizes flare operation and reduces overall air toxics emissions from flaring activities in industrial facilities across the United States.

EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participate in the SBIR program, which was enacted in 1982 to strengthen the role of small businesses in federal research and development, create jobs and promote U.S. technical innovation. To be eligible to participate in the SBIR program, a company must be an organized, for-profit U.S. business and have fewer than 500 employees.

For more information on EPA's SBIR Phase II recipients, visit http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/615/records_per_page/ALL

Learn more about EPA's SBIR program at www.epa.gov/sbir