A startup called Aquagga has successfully deployed an innovation nicknamed “Eleanor” (housed inside a regular looking shipping container) to safely destroy dangerous PFAS, which are long-lasting chemicals used for deflecting water, stains and grease. The system recently returned from Alaska, where it put a dent in 20,000 gallons of toxic wastewater that had accumulated for 40 years. Testing shows that more than 99% of the PFAS are destroyed in treated water. “PFAS is incredibly tough to break down and deal with,” said Aquagga the founder. “So we’re very fortunate we’ve validated the technology works, and we’re now to the point of [going to] commercial scale and growth of the company.”

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