Emerging Contaminants (EC) in Small or Disadvantaged Communities Grant (SDC)

June 15, 2022

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As part of a government-wide effort to confront PFAS pollution, EPA has invited states and territories to apply for $1 billion – the first of $5 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grant funding – to address PFAS and other emerging contaminants in drinking water, specifically in small or disadvantaged communities. 

EPA Announces Availability of $5 billion to address emerging contaminants in drinking water

 WASHINGTON (June 15, 2022)—As part of a government-wide effort to confront PFAS pollution, EPA is making available $1 billion in grant funding through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help communities that are on the frontlines of PFAS contamination to reduce PFAS in drinking water in communities facing disproportionate impacts. EPA is making $1 billion available in FY2022  and a total of $5 billion for fiscal years 2022-2026.

The goal of thEmerging Contaminants in Small or Disadvantaged Communities grant program is to have states, territories, and tribes prioritize grant funding in small or disadvantaged communities to focus exclusively on addressing ECs in drinking water, including PFAS. Emerging contaminants such as compounds like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pharmaceuticals and personal care products, and unregulated contaminants such as manganese, perchlorate, and 1,4 dioxane. Funding will be provided to participating states and territories to benefit small or disadvantaged communities in scoping, planning, testing and remediating emerging contaminants in drinking and source water.