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Federal science funding to help ground water contamination research, other studies


April 15, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – Nearly $20 million in funding from the federal government to Canadian universities will benefit researchers like Anh Pham, who is developing new technologies to treat contaminated soil and ground water.

On behalf of Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary for Science, announced nearly $20 million in funding to 33 Canadian universities on April 15 at Carleton University in Ottawa. The investment was made by the federal government through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund – a fund designed to help universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to state-of-the-art research tools.

Among the researchers benefiting from new CFI-funded infrastructure is Carleton University’s Anh Pham, who is developing new technologies to treat contaminated soil and ground water.

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Despite years of remediation efforts by various industry sectors, the contamination of ground water and soil continues to be among the most serious environmental pollution problems in North America, the government said in a news release. Pham’s work will address the pressing need for faster, cheaper and more efficient ways to treat contaminants in soil, which will lead to cleaner water, healthier soil and more sustainable living environments.