Bennett Environmental Inc.
TSX : BEV

Bennett Environmental Inc.

December 23, 2008 14:39 ET

BEI Announces Closure of Transaction

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2008) - Bennett Environmental Inc. (TSX:BEV) (the "Company" or "BEI") announced today that it closed the transaction to divest of Trans-Cycle Industries, Ltd. ("TCI") and Material Resource Recovery S.R.B.P. Inc. ("MRR") on December 18, 2008. In addition to the purchase price as announced on October 30 of this year, the Company will receive approximately $3.0 million which is currently held by the Ministry of Environment of Ontario in support of the operating permits for TCI and MRR. These deposits are described in note 7 to Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2007.

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About Bennett Environmental Inc.

Bennett Environmental Inc. is a North American leader in high temperature treatment services for the treatment of contaminated soil and has provided thermal solutions to contamination problems throughout Canada and the U.S. Bennett Environmental's technology provides for the safe, economical and permanent solution to contaminated soil. Independent testing has consistently proven that the technology operates well within the most stringent criteria in North America. For information, please visit the Bennett Environmental website at: www.bennettenv.com.

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