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PFAS Innovative Treatment Team (PITT)

The PFAS Innovative Treatment Team (PITT) was established in Spring 2020 and was a 6-month dedicated, full-time team that brought together multi-disciplined research staff. These researchers concentrated their efforts and expertise on a single problem: disposal and/or destruction of PFAS-contaminated media and waste. The PITT operated in a work environment designed to break down administrative and procedural barriers in an effort to facilitate faster results. 

The PITT worked toward the following goals:

  • Assess current and emerging destruction methods being explored by EPA, universities, other research organizations, and industry.
  • Explore the efficacy of methods, including consideration of potentially hazardous byproducts .
  • Evaluate methods’ feasibility, performance, and costs to better understand potential solutions.

The PITT's work added practical knowledge to EPA’s efforts under the PFAS Action Plan. States, tribes, and local governments will be able to use this information to select the approach that best fits their circumstances, leading to greater confidence in cleanup operations and safer communities. Some of the results of this rapid research project are expected in late 2020.

See the press release.