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Grant assists firm using solar process to kill pathogens in water

Focal Technologies, a Portland, OR-based startup, is using solar technology to reduce E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria in agricultural runoff. Now the firm has received a $210,000 state grant to further develop its passive treatment system known as “Ray.” Company officials say Ray can break down organic waste, as well as industrial chemicals such as cyanide and glycol. They… Continue Reading

Emerging Contaminants: Ag Runoff Poses Health Risks

The most well-documented impacts of agriculture runoff on human and ecological health are primarily related to nutrient pollution in water, where nitrogen and phosphorous from fertilizers cause oxygen-starved “dead zones” in water. Now, scientists and government agencies are also examining the impacts of agriculture runoff as a significant source of emerging contaminants, substances that may… Continue Reading