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H E A D L I N E S
* Legislation:  Great Lakes Sediment Contamination
* Legislation:  Mercury Reduction
* Letter:  Pipelines in the Great Lakes
* Update:  Appropriations
* Update:  Gross State Product


LEGISLATION:  GREAT LAKES SEDIMENT CONTAMINATION
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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week approved
the Great Lakes Legacy Act (H.R. 1070), providing $50 million annually
for the monitoring, remediation, and prevention of sediment
contamination in the Great Lakes.  Advanced by Rep. Vernon Ehlers
(R-MI), a co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, the bill requires that
non-federal sponsors share 35 percent of a qualified project's costs. 
The bill also authorizes $2 million per year for research and
development of innovative approaches to sediment remediation in the
Great Lakes.  Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced a similar bill (S. 2544)

in the Senate.

Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).



LEGISLATION:  MERCURY REDUCTION
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The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week approved the
Mercury Reduction and Disposal Act (S. 351).  Introduced by Senators
Susan Collins (R-ME) and John Kerry (D-MA), the bill limits the use of
mercury thermometers, provides for their collection and disposal, and
establishes a federal interagency task force to make recommendations on
the long-term disposal of mercury.

Contact:  Matt Little with the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(202/544-5200).



LETTER:  PIPELINES IN THE GREAT LAKES
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The Great Lakes Task Forces are circulating a letter in support of the
Great Lakes Infrastructure Study that was included in the Senate Energy
Bill.  In response to numerous proposals to construct pipelines in the
Great Lakes, this measure would authorize the Department of Energy, in
cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences, to examine the
cumulative environmental impacts of pipeline construction and to make
recommendations on how to mitigate those impacts.  The deadline for
member signature on this letter is July 3.

Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).



UPDATE: APPROPRIATIONS
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Appropriation subcommittees last week began marking up their fiscal 2003
bills.  Funding updates on programs of regional interest can be found
at: http://www.nemw.org/appropstable.htm


UPDATE: GROSS STATE PRODUCT
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The Northeast-Midwest Institute recently updated its gross state product
tables to reflect the release of data for year 2000. The tables include
total GSP, GSP by major sector, and sectoral share of state's total GSP.
Tables include the nine major sectors for all 50 states and the District
of Columbia.

The tables can be accessed at http//www.nemw.org/data.htm#business



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