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Most air travellers are aware of the importance of de-icing
airplanes before takeoff. However, few likely think twice about
what happens to that fluid after the plane leaves the ground.

One Nova Scotia firm is thinking about little else today.
Truro-based Inland Technologies is gearing up to increase
manufacturing of a system that will help in the recovery of
de-icing fluids.

The Economic Renewal Agency is providing a $1 million loan to the
firm, while the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is
providing $694,000. Economic Renewal Agency Minister Richie Mann
and Inland Technologies president James Bagnell announced details
in Debert today.

"We're proud to be supporting Inland's progressive approach to
managing waste and protecting the environment. This company is
enhancing the province's reputation for excellence throughout the
world, while employing Nova Scotians here at home," Mr. Mann

Dianne Brushett, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester,
acknowledged the importance of Inland's work on behalf of
Lawrence MacAulay, Secretary of State (ACOA and Veterans).

"Inland Technologies has shown great initiative by creating
business opportunities from the growing field of environmental
protection," said Ms. Brushett. "It is this type of ingenuity
that ensures Nova Scotia will continue to see future economic
growth, while ensuring environmental integrity."  Brushett said
both the economy and the environment are winners in today's

Inland's new waste management systems, called glycol
concentrators, reduce the amount of water collected in recovered
de-icing fluids. Those recovered fluids can then be recycled into
anti-freeze, windshield washer fluids and other industrial glycol
products. "Other exciting reuse options could be announced soon,"
said Inland president James Bagnell.

"We're already using the technology in Montreal and Toronto and
expect to secure more contracts in the near future, both in
Canada and the U.S. In fact, the potential market is worldwide,"
Mr. Bagnell said.

"Assembly of units at the company's Debert facility will create
between six and eight full-time jobs. In addition, for every unit
put into service, there will be a need for two full-time seasonal
workers on location. We'll also require technical skills from
time to time to oversee operation of the units."

Inland provides environmental management programs at airports
throughout North America and processes millions of litres of
petroleum waste each year. Approximately 80 per cent of that
waste is returned to market under Inland products such as
industrial fuel.

The company's approach to waste management has attracted
international interest. Recently, Inland Technologies secured a
contract in southeast Asia to establish an oily waste treatment

"The southeast Asia contract is a definite boost for Nova Scotia
technology and expertise. It proves once again that our companies
are competing in the global marketplace and winning," Mr. Mann


Contact: Angela Poirier                        902-424-3900
         Economic Renewal Agency

         James Bagnell                         902-895-6346
         Inland Technologies Inc.

         David Kaulback                        902-426-4238
         Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

trp                      Mar. 12, 1997 - 11:15 a.m.