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2022-12-09 23:59:59 US/Eastern Time
Since the 1970s, the Department of Defense (DoD) has been using aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) to suppress liquid fuel fires. AFFF contains multiple per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to include perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), a long-lived man-made chemical.
Researchers have demonstrated an association between exposure to select PFAS and various health effects, including thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, gestational diabetes, birth defects, and certain types of cancer. The EPA is currently developing a proposal to designate these chemicals as hazardous under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); also referred to as the Superfund. Due to the widespread usage of AFFF, these chemicals exist at hundreds of DoD installations across the country.
The DoD is looking for commercially-viable technologies for the on-site destruction and remediation of PFAS tied to AFFF usage. A preferred solution incorporates technologies capable of treating impacted materials of concern, including soils, sediments, biosolids, investigation derived wastes (IDW), storm waters, and groundwater. The desired solution should be capable of one or more of the following:
The DoD has a preference for destructive technologies capable of fully mineralizing all PFAS impacting these materials. Preferred solutions will permit unrestricted disposal, discharge, and/or reuse of materials on-site as well as the treatment of groundwater in situ.
Proposed solutions should include a pathway to rapidly scale the capability to full scale implementation and commercialization across one or more sites in multiple geographies.
The DoD seeks commercial solutions. This solicitation is not limited to U.S. companies. Companies currently performing on an existing DoD contract should highlight the unique, innovative, and/or previously under-utilized aspects of their solution submitted in response to this area of interest in order to be considered for an agreement award.
Note: Proposed technical solutions must address one or more of the following materials of concern: soils, sediments, biosolids, investigation derived waste (IDW), storm waters, and groundwater.
Companies are advised that any Prototype Other Transaction (OT) agreement awarded in response to this solicitation may result in the direct award of a follow-on production contract or agreement without the use of further competitive procedures. Follow-on production activities will result from successful prototype completion.
The follow-on production contract or agreement will be available for use by one or more organizations within the Department of Defense. As a result, the magnitude of the follow-on production contract or agreement could be significantly larger than that of the Prototype OT agreement. All Prototype OT agreements will include the following statement relative to the potential for follow-on production: “In accordance with 10 U.S.C. § 4022(f), and upon a determination that the prototype project for this transaction has successfully been completed, this competitively awarded Prototype OT agreement may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of competitive procedures.”
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