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PUBLIC - PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP HELPING NAVY COMPLY WITH OCEAN-DUMPING TREATY

                  PUBLIC - PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP HELPING
                  NAVY COMPLY WITH OCEAN-DUMPING TREATY
    WASHINGTON, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of researchers at Novon Products is developing grades of Novon(TM) specialty polymers that will safely decompose in a marine environment.  This effort will help the U.S. Navy meet an international treaty requirement to cease disposal of plastic wastes at sea by 1994, a Senate subcommittee heard today.
    Novon Products' efforts on this project are part of its cooperative partnership with government and academic institutions to develop beneficial new uses for U.S. farm crops, Kenneth D. Tracy, vice president of environment technology at Novon Products, told the Subcommittee on Agricultural Research and General Legislation.  Novon Products is a division of Warner-Lambert Company (NYSE: WLA).
    Starch-based Material
    Novon specialty polymers are derived primarily from corn and potato starch, both abundant and annually renewable resources, Tracy explained.
    "We invented Novon polymers to degrade completely after appropriate disposal, leaving no toxic or synthetic by-products," Tracy said. "These qualities will help us to conserve our nation's scarce natural resources, create a new market for agriculture and, ultimately, can contribute to reducing our solid-waste disposal problems."
    Public-Private Partnership
    The needs of the Navy are being addressed through a unique cooperative partnership with the goal of producing drinking cups, food wraps and eating utensils that will safely biodegrade when composted or placed in a marine environment.  In addition to Novon Products, the partnership includes Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii, U.S. Army Natick Research & Engineering Center and U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research Service.  Such partnerships, Tracy commented, have long been a feature of research and development in Japan and Western Europe and help businesses compete effectively in world markets.  Developments in projects such as this one, Tracy predicted, may also bring new products based on Novon polymer technology to the consumer market faster.
    The subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Thomas Daschle of South Dakota, is looking into ways the government can encourage new markets for agricultural products.
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    /CONTACT:  Nancy Fitzsimmons of Warner-Lambert, 201-540-2145, or Michael Cryan of Burson-Marsteller, 212-614-5072, for Warner-Lambert/
    (WLA) CO:  Novon Products; Warner-Lambert Company; U.S. Navy ST:  District of Columbia IN:  CHM SU: PS -- NY002 -- 5763 03/06/92 10:00 EST
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