On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $2.7 million total in funding to nine small businesses, including METSS Corporation in Westerville, Ohio, to further develop and commercialize innovative technologies that protect the environment while growing the American economy.

“Small businesses provide the foundation of our economy and are incubators of innovative ideas that create jobs, improve lives and protect the environment,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “With this funding, small businesses across the country will be able to help further EPA’s mission of protecting the environment and public health. I’m proud to support these important projects to address not only the challenges we face as a nation, but also the opportunities to be had through new and emerging technology.”



The contracts are funded through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which encourages the development and commercialization of novel technologies that support EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. The small businesses that are being funded are working on a wide range of topics including water quality, air quality, land revitalization, homeland security, manufacturing and construction materials.

EPA is awarding phase II contracts to nine small businesses of up to $300,000 each. The recipients previously were awarded a phase I contract of up to $100,000 and applied for phase II funding to develop their technology for the marketplace.

SBIR Phase II recipients include:

• METSS Corporation, Westerville, Ohio, to build a safe, robust, rapid and effective chlorine dioxide (CIO2) gas dispersion system to be used for on-site room decontamination in hospital and non-hospital settings.

• DMAX Plasma LLC, Potsdam, N.Y., to develop a competitive remediation technology to chemically reduce per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in contaminated water.

• Vergason Technology, Inc., Van Etten, N.Y., to create a new process for manufacturing plastic with decorative chrome that reduces environmental and health hazards.

• AA plasma LLC, Warminster, Pa., to develop a water filtration technology that can remove PFOS and PFOA from water, can be used indefinitely and requires only electricity to operate.

• Framergy Inc., College Station, Texas, to reduce emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by developing a combined capture technology that can be used at well sites, natural gas facilities, storage sites and transmission facilities.

• XIMAX Technologies, Colorado Springs, Colo., to create and commercialize a green or living rooftop system partially or completely covered with vegetation for commercial buildings with superior energy efficiency.

• Seacoast Science, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., to develop innovative broad-spectrum analytical methods for PFAS that will simplify analysis, reduce cost-per-sample and allow portability to remediation sites.

• Altex Technologies Corporation, Sunnyvale, Calif., to create a process to produce renewable, low-energy, low-cost bioplastics.

• Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc., Torrance, Calif., to create degradable plastics with a high heat tolerance, produced from bio-based feedstock.

EPA’s SBIR funding boosts local economies by empowering small businesses to create jobs while developing novel technologies in areas such as cleaner manufacturing, greener materials and improved infrastructure in communities.

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, 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: https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/656.

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

Learn more about SBIR across the federal government at www.SBIR.gov.