Air Force researchers develop new weapon to cleanse water

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — As the state gears up for wider testing of public water systems for potentially harmful chemicals, civilian researchers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base believe they may be closing in on a new weapon in the battle against toxic water.

Researchers at the base recently completed a two-week field demonstration of a plasma technology they say destroys potentially harmful chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid — also known as “PFOS” and “PFOA” — in groundwater.

This is the only technology that actually destroys PFAS molecules that has been demonstrated at this scale, according to the researchers involved.

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Story excerpt provided by WHIOTV 7.

Written by Thomas Gnau.

Originally published December 2, 2019.

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