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Here’s how a former NASA engineer hopes to clean up the world’s dirtiest waterways

Breanne Deppisch of The Washington Examiner reports on the work of one former NASA engineer to clean up dirty waterways.

The C3 Take
  • EcoSpears is a cleantech water remediation company that is cleaning up waterways in Europe, the Pacific, and the U.S.
  • The SPEARS that the company produces contains eco-friendly solvents that extract and destroy polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs), also known as “forever chemicals,” from waterways.
  • The Coast Guard is considering using SPEARS for its work in Guam because they are more cost-effective than dredging.
  • Bottom-up solutions are leading to meaningful environmental progress.

“‘The SPEARS work like a sponge,’ Albino explained in an interview with NASA after he founded the company. ‘Individual spikes are inserted into a mat structure, and you press it into the sediments. You leave it there for a certain amount of time, and the SPEARS absorb the PCBs or other chlorinated contamination from water and sediments. It gets absorbed into the reagent that’s inside the SPEARS. When they’re removed, the molecules are taken out of the environment permanently.'”

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