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Nova Scotia environmental firms have made major advances into the
Caribbean market, Environment Minister Wayne Adams said today.

Speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding with his
counterpart from Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Adams listed almost $37
million in potential business for Nova Scotia firms in the
Caribbean nation.

"The close relationship between Nova Scotia and the Caribbean
stretches back more than 200 years," Mr. Adams told
representatives from Trinidad and Tobago and members of the Nova
Scotia Environmental Industries Association.

"Our sailing ships would head south with fish and lumber and
return laden with molasses and rum. Today, we are trading the
commodities of a new century. We are sharing ideas, innovations
and technology."

The Memorandum of Understanding between Nova Scotia and the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago outlines a series of co-operative
ventures between the two governments. The two jurisdictions will
work to develop management practices for environmental
enforcement. Trinidad is interested in the model for solid waste
and recycling now under way in Nova Scotia. A bilateral team will
establish two demonstration projects in Trinidad and Tobago based
on Nova Scotia-developed solid waste technology.

"I am confident that once you see what our environmental
companies have achieved, it will lead to a business relationship
that will help both economies and your environment," Mr. Adams
told Trevor Sudama, minister of planning and development, who
signed the agreement for Trinidad and Tobago.

During his two-day visit to the province, Dr. Sudama held talks
with several Nova Scotia environmental firms to explore possible

Mr. Adams led a Nova Scotia trade delegation to Trinidad and
Tobago in January. Several companies that took part are making

Nova Scotia environmental companies involved with the Trinidad
and Tobago market includes:

- C.J. MacLellan and Associates of Antigonish, low bidder with
  Hafeez Karamath of Trinidad for the $10-million Beetham Lagoon
  Rehabilitation project in Trinidad and Tobago. The Nova Scotia
  consulting engineering firm is also in the running for a
  contract worth $5 million to build as many as six sewage
  treatment plants.

- TRACC Nova Scotia, partnered with Trinidad interests to explore
  building a tire-recycling plant for the Caribbean country. The
  project could be worth an estimated $5 million. TRACC is
  currently constructing a tire-recycling plant at Cornwallis,

- Good Earth Organics Resource Group of Halifax, which is
  completing a partnership with SWMCOL, a Trinidad and Tobago
  Crown corporation. The Nova Scotia company is also in talks
  with the Trinidad and Tobago Agriculture Department to
  establish compost-based production of organic produce for

- Inland Environmental Technologies of Debert and Dillon Ltd. of
  Halifax, both in discussions with the Environmental Management
  Authority on a project to manage hazardous and oily waste. The
  contract could be worth $14 million.

- Enco-Tech Technologies of Amherst, in discussions with
  Petrotrin, the state-owned oil company. The Nova Scotia company
  is bidding on a site-remediation project that could be worth $2


Contact: Paul McEachern
         Department of the Environment

trp                     May 23, 1997 - 12 p.m.