Thonotosassa company gets grant for environmental work
THONOTOSASSA - An environmental technology company in Thonotosassa has received an Environmental Protection Agency grant to develop low cost energy and nutrient extraction from wastewater. Applied Environmental Technology, whose address in Thonotosassa was unavailable, was awarded nearly $80,000 from the EPA's Small Business Innovation Research program, the federal agency announced in a news release. The EPA's Small Business Innovation Research program funds innovative research resulting in new commercial products, processes and services that protect the environment, benefit the public, and promote the growth of small businesses, the statement said. This year's projects focuses on drinking water, wastewater, manufacturing, green building, waste monitoring and management, air quality, sustainable use of biomass and homeland security.Wastewater systems are a significant source of harmful nutrients flowing into the environment, the release said. There is a demand for technologies that remove nutrients at the source. Applied Environmental Technology is working on such a process. The six-month project period is slated for completion in November.