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Utilities could use this technology, which reduces PFAS in water, to meet the new standards for public drinking water, noted an Oak Ridge Financial report.

BioLargo Inc. (BLGO:OTCQB) should benefit from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) new national requirement that public drinking water contain nearly undetectable levels of six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), reported Oak Ridge Financial analyst Richard Ryan in an April 17 research note.

The cleantech firm has a technology, its aqueous electrostatic concentrator (AEC), that removes PFOA and PFOS chemicals from water and creates little waste in the process. AEC can be used to meet the EPA's new maximum contaminant level requirements.

"The recent EPA regulations should help drive investor attention to BioLargo's unique technology offering," Ryan wrote.

Target Raised, Buy Reiterated

The analyst also reported that Oak Ridge increased its bull target price on BioLargo to US$0.50 per share from US$0.45 due to higher comp valuations. The base target price is US$0.38. Now, the California-based environmental solutions firm is trading at about US$0.38 per share, matching the base target price.

The difference between BioLargo's current and bull target prices implies a potential return for investors of 32%.

The company remains a Buy.

What Must Be Done

The EPA's safe drinking water rule supersedes any and all state and local drinking water regulations; all jurisdictions must adhere to this federal regulation. It mandates that water utilities monitor PFAS or forever chemicals. If these are found to be present in the public water at levels that exceed the new caps, the utilities must alert the public and decrease the contamination.

The timeline for compliance with the new regulation is as follows: Within three years of the rule's April 2024 passage date, utilities must complete initial monitoring. Within the subsequent three years, between 2027 and 2029, they must include the results of initial monitoring in consumer confidence reports and must begin regular monitoring for compliance. Utilities must be in full compliance by 2029.

Market Opportunity

According to EPA estimates, about 6–10% of the nation's 66,000 public drinking water systems subject to the new rule will have to take action to comply. The collective cost to do so will be about US$1.5 billion annually. Funding is available funding for this purpose, including monies provided via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

"The large emerging market for PFAS removal and BioLargo's growing validation in this opportunity should not be overlooked," Ryan wrote.

BioLargo's Solution

AEC is in the early stage of adoption and needs scale to significantly impact BioLargo's bottom line, Ryan pointed out. The company has one project underway for a municipality for which it is slated to install its AEC technology later this year. Management also is working to grow this line of business.

"BioLargo is developing selling and channel partners with known global entities," added Ryan. The pipeline of opportunities is large and growing."

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  1. BioLargo Inc. is a billboard sponsor of Streetwise Reports and pays SWR a monthly sponsorship fee between US$4,000 and US$5,000. 
  2. As of the date of this article, officers and/or employees of Streetwise Reports LLC (including members of their household) own securities of BioLargo Inc. 
  3. Doresa Banning wrote this article for Streetwise Reports LLC and provides services to Streetwise Reports as an independent contractor.
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Disclosures for Oak Ridge Financial, BioLargo Inc., April 17, 2024

Analyst Certification: I, Richard Ryan, certify that the views expressed in this research report accurately reflect my personal views about the subject company and its securities. I also certify that I have not been, am not, and will not be receiving direct or indirect compensation related to the specific recommendations expressed in this report.

Important Disclosures: The analyst or a member of his/her household does not hold a long or short position, options, warrants, rights or futures of this security in their personal account(s). As of the end of the month preceding the date of publication of this report, Oak Ridge Financial did not beneficially own 1% or more of any class of common equity securities of the subject company. There is not any actual material conflict of interest that either the analyst or Oak Ridge Financial is aware of. The analyst has not received any compensation for any investment banking business with this company in the past twelve months and does not expect to receive any in the next three months. Oak Ridge Financial has been engaged for investment banking or advisory services with the subject company during the past twelve months and does anticipate receiving compensation for such services in the next three months. Oak Ridge Financial has not served as a broker, either as agent or principal, buying back stock for the subject company’s account as part of the company’s authorized stock buy-back program in the last twelve months. No director, officer or employee of Oak Ridge Financial serves as a director, officer or advisory board member to the subject company

Oak Ridge Financial does not make a market in the subject security at the date of publication of this report.

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