Lunenburg Composting Improvements Announced

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

July 13, 2001 8:00 AM

Lunenburg residents will soon see improvements in their regional
composting system with a project funded through the Canada/Nova
Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint funding, in the amount of $200,000, was announced today as
one of 22 project approvals totalling more than $21.8 million by
Robert G. Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency, and Michael Baker, MLA for Lunenburg, on
behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and
Municipal Relations.

"Our government made a promise to work with municipalities to
make Nova Scotia safer, healthier and more prosperous," said Mr.
Baker. "The Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is helping
us to meet that commitment and respond to municipalities."

Green municipal infrastructure to ensure effective wastewater
management and safe drinking water is the first priority under
the program. The majority of the federal and provincial funding
announced in Year One will be directed to green projects like
Lunenburg's new Sludge Treatment Drying Beds.

"The Government of Canada is committed to projects that improve
quality of life for Nova Scotians," said Mr. Thibault. "Through
the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we are investing
in green projects that contribute to creating strong, healthy
communities with quality drinking water and a clean environment."

The $300,000 project will provide for the construction of two
sludge drying beds at the Lunenburg Regional Recycling and
Composting Facility (LRRCF). The dried sludge will be available
for composting and will enhance the efficiency of the existing
composting facility. The federal and provincial funding under the
program is subject to the formal acceptance of the Municipality
of the District of Lunenburg and its LRRCF partners, the towns of
Bridgewater, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay, which will fund the
balance of the project.

"This project is good news for Lunenburg," said Mayor Laurence
Mawhinney. "It will certainly provide health and environment
benefits."

This is the first in a series of approval announcements for
projects nominated by municipalities under the program.
Additional announcements are expected as projects undergo
environmental assessment and final approval.

The $195-million, six-year Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Union
of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented on the program's
management committee.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     A project to improve Lunenburg County's composting system

got the green light today.

     Joint funding, in the amount of two hundred thousand

dollars, was announced today by Robert Thibault, Minister of

State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Michael

Baker, MLA for Lunenburg.

     The 22 projects approved today, totalling more than 21-

million dollars, are the first in a series of summer

announcements.

     Last October, the federal and provincial governments said

they would invest in projects to improve municipal water systems

and to protect the environment under the Canada/Nova Scotia

Infrastructure Program.

     Municipal governments will also contribute to the projects.

     The Infrastructure Program is a 195-million dollar

investment in municipal infrastructure administered by ACOA and

Service Nova Scotia.

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Contact: Jennifer Savoy
         Press Secretary
         Office of the Honourable Robert Thibault
         613-941-7291

         Deborah Bayer
         Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat
         902-424-0112
         E-mail: bayerdj@gov.ns.ca

         Pierre A. Breau, P.Eng.
         Municipality of Lunenburg
         902-541-1331

kjd         July 13, 2001      8:31 A.M.