Portman Commends Trump Administration for Allowing Ohio’s Battelle to Take Mask Recycling System Nationwide

Portman Helped Facilitate Federal Funding to Deploy Battelle Decontamination Systems to Health Care Systems Nationwide 

April 10, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised the Trump administration for awarding a new federal contract to help fund the rapid deployment of Battelle’s decontamination systems to return to use previously worn N95 respirator masks and training to operate these systems to 60 sites across the country. Portman worked with Battelle and the appropriate contacts at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the White House to help secure the necessary federal funding.  

Battelle will now be able to operate decontamination systems to recycle previously worn N95 respirator masks at 60 additional sites across the country. FEMA and HHS will determine where future systems will be placed for operation. Each system has the potential to decontaminate up to 80,000 previously worn masks per day. With these additional regional sites, today’s decision will increase capacity to potentially decontaminate up to 4.8 million additional masks every day across the country. Thanks to the federal funding, Battelle can offer decontamination services to health care personnel at no charge. 

“Battelle is providing critical support to our health care professionals across the country who are in desperate need for N95 respirator masks. That is why I got personally engaged to help connect Battelle with the appropriate contacts in the administration as they sought to rapidly scale up the manufacturing of decontamination systems nationwide,” said Portman. “This new federal funding will result in decontamination services provided at no charge to hospitals and helps protect front line health care professionals across the country. I will continue to do anything I can to ensure our health care heroes have what they need to stay safe while performing their critical work.” 

“Since bringing the first system online, we have received hundreds of requests for CCDS systems and services,” said Matt Vaughan, Battelle’s Contract Research President. “The two contracts awarded today will allow us to more quickly get these systems deployed and provide a continuous buffer against current and future N95 supply chain challenges. Battelle is thankful for the federal government’s support, especially U.S. Senator Rob Portman, and the leadership of FEMA, DLA, and HHS.”