EPA awards grant funds to local colleges students

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that a student team from the University of Kentucky Paducah campus will receive a more than $14,000 grant for its project to develop a sustainable, low-cost method for producing a non-synthetic pest repellent. 

The EPA says the grant is a one of 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants awarded to fund proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. The Paducah team will receive $14,994 to develop the pest repellent, known as wood vinegar. The EPA says the the benefit of using that method is a reduction of atmospheric pollution. 

Also in the Local 6 area, two teams from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale will receive P3 grants. One will receive $15,000 to develop an integrated platform for producing bio-fuels from sweet sorghum bagasse. The other will receive $14,750 to investigate methods for the recovery of rare earth and other strategic materials from coal ash. 

For more information on the UK Paducah campus team’s project, click here.

For more information on the SIU Carbondale teams’ projects, click here and here

For the full list of P3 grant recipients, click here

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