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‘Forever chemicals’ are eternal no more thanks to a pollution destroying device from Tacoma startup

Lisa Stiffler writes in GeekWire about a machine that is destroying PFAS chemicals.

The C3 Take
  • Toxic PFAS chemicals, which are often called “forever chemicals” because they do not break down, have met their match thanks to Tacoma-based startup Aquagga.
  • Aquagga has created a PFAS destroying device nicknamed Eleanor that removes more than 99% of PFAS chemicals in treated water.
  • Elanor was recently deployed to Fairbanks International Airport where it treated 20,000 gallons of contaminated water that contained PFAS-heavy firefighter foam.

“The startup’s weapon of PFAS destruction incorporates technology from the University of Washington and the Colorado School of Mines. It annihilates the pollutants in a device that can reach high pressure and temperature — hitting 570 degrees Fahrenheit. To that they add lye — an ingredient in soap — to create a caustic environment. The conditions dismantle the PFAS, breaking off the compound at its head, chopping up its spine of carbon molecules, and lopping off the fluoride molecules that run along the backbone.”

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