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WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 18, 2021 – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Federal Government Relations team assisted Grignard Pure, an industry leader in providing specialty chemistry solutions, in obtaining U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval as the first and only EPA-approved antimicrobial air treatment solution designed to significantly reduce the viral load of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the air, where transmission is most likely. The EPA undertook a thorough review of the product’s health, safety and efficacy performance and determined that Grignard Pure is expected to kill more than 98 percent of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The approval comes in the form of a Section 18 Public Health Emergency Exemption, which is initially approved for use in two states: Georgia and Tennessee – with more anticipated. The EPA seeks to oversee a controlled rollout to ensure an effective management of supply for operations deemed essential by each state. It is expected that additional states will submit applications for Section 18 Emergency Exemption in the coming days and weeks. Grignard Pure is in discussions with the EPA to pursue a national approval which would cover all indoor activities.

“We needed a partner who would help us navigate the complex approval process in both the Executive Branch and Congress and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney delivered. We are grateful for the invaluable advice and counsel their team provided throughout every step of the way,” said Etienne Grignard, co-founder and CEO, Grignard Pure.

“As we approach the one year mark of living with the COVID-19 virus, it is tremendously gratifying to have been able to help gain government approval for this important product which has the potential to help the country resume some sort of normalcy along with other current measures. We look forward to working with Grignard Pure on future approvals,” said Michael P. Strazzella, Practice Group Leader-Federal Government Relations, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Buchanan’s team was led by Michael Strazzella with the support of Edward Hild and Timothy Costa, both Principals in the Government Relations group.