OctaFlex gets grant to develop bioweapon wash

Following the recent passing by Congress of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill, which was signed by President Obama over the weekend, private sector projects in western South Dakota stand to receive over $14 million in new defense appropriations, some of which will be used to fight bioterror.

All told, South Dakota-related projects will receive a total of approximately $35 million, Sen. Tim Johnson said in a press release, with the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology set to receive $6.9 million.

As part of the bill, EMCC of Rapid City will receive $480,000 for its optimization and transfer of a reliable testing technology for materials designed to protect war-fights against toxic chemical warfare agents.

An advanced, analytical testing system for accurate evaluation of various military protective materials as well as their ability to minimize human threats from battlefield exposures to hazardous chemical warfare compounds will be supported by EMCC, which is located on the campus of the School of Mines and has a formal partnership agreement with the university.

OctaFlex Environmental Systems, Inc., CHA Corporation of Timber Lake will also receive $1.6 million as part of the appropriations for its self-contained automated vehicle washing system with microwave decontamination. The project, which provides a portable, environmentally benign, large-vehicle wash and decontamination system, emits no contaminants while removing and neutralizing chemical and biological weapons. The was will be developed in conjunction with Small Business Innovation Research funds from three Armed Services.