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2012 EPA Research Progress Report

STAR Grants to Support the Environmental Impact and Mitigation of Oil Spills

EPA awarded four grants, totaling $1.9 million, to explore the development of innovative oil spill mitigation technologies and to provide needed technical assistance to Gulf Coast communities impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The funding will enable Gulf Coast communities affected by the oil spill to effectively participate in research project so that they can benefit from, and use, the results in restoration and cleanup activities. The EPA-supported supported research will develop cost-effective, innovative technologies with low environmental impact that can be used for mitigating the impacts of oil spills including oil dispersants, surface washing agents, and bioremediation agents. Projects investigating the environmental effects of oil spills and the application of dispersants and other cleanup measures were also awarded funding.

Summary of Grants for studying the Environmental Impact and Mitigation of Oil Spills

Recipients Research Project Amount Awarded
Michigan State University, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge Affinity-Based Hydrocyclone Filter for Oil-Water Separation and Oil Spill Cleanup $500,000
Clemson University, University of South Alabama Dendritic Polymers as Biocompatible Dispersants for Oil Spill Remediation $500,000
Iowa State University, Columbia University in the City of New York, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge Producing and Characterizing Bacillus Subtilis Biosurfactants with Potentially Lower Environmental Impact for Salt Water Applications $500,000
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University of Maryland, University of Southern Mississippi Uptake and Effects of Dispersed Oil Droplets and Emulsified Oil by Estuarine Crustaceans in the Gulf of Mexico $476,553
    Total: $1,976,553

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