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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 22 January 1997



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                        NORTHEAST-MIDWEST
                          WEEKLY UPDATE
                         22 January 1997
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                         TOP OF THE NEWS


BROWNFIELD CASE STUDIES
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release LESSONS FROM THE
FIELD, with profiles of 20 brownfield projects from across the country.  The
230-page book also identifies "lessons learned" -- including innovative
financing strategies, regulatory mechanisms, institutional arrangements, 
cost-effective technologies, and public-private partnerships.

     Noting the recent appearance of innovative brownfield policies at the
local, state, and federal levels, the Institute's book seeks to identify
initiatives that are "working on the ground" to clean up and redevelop
contaminated industrial sites.

     Among the 20 profiled sites are the BASF South Works in Wyandotte,
Michigan; Federal Court House in Sacramento, California; Ernst Steel Site in
Cheektowaga, New York; and Louisville Dryer Co., in Louisville, Kentucky. 
Written by Edith Pepper, the book results from interviews with more than 60
participants at the profiled projects.

     The book is available from the Northeast-Midwest Institute for $40.

     CONTACTS:  Edith Pepper, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


SENATORS PRESS ADMINISTRATION TO RELEASE EMERGENCY LIHEAP FUNDS
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     Members of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition are circulating a
letter urging the Clinton Administration to release $300 million in fiscal
1997 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) emergency funds.  The
letter argues that an emergency condition currently exists because of
skyrocketing energy costs and colder than normal temperatures in a large
portion of the country.

     Last week, the president released $5 million in LIHEAP emergency funds
to North and South Dakota, citing the extreme winter storms that have buffeted
those two states.  The fiscal 1997 Omnibus Appropriations Act allows the
president to release up to $420 million in LIHEAP emergency funds.  The
deadline to co-sign the letter is noon on Thursday, January 23.

     CONTACT: Geoff Brown, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).


SENATORS LOOK TO BUILD MANUFACTURING TASK FORCE MEMBERSHIP
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     Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) last week sent
a letter urging their colleagues to join the Senate Task Force On
Manufacturing.  Launched last May, the Task Force is studying the many
significant issues confronting U.S. manufacturers and their employees,
including slow wage growth, global competition, and declining investment in
research and development.  After a thorough examination of all the issues, the
Task Force plans to suggest policies that can help enhance manufacturing in
the United States.

     The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing helps members educate themselves
and their staffs on issues confronting U.S. manufacturers.  There are
currently 16 members of the Task Force, hailing from eight Northeast-Midwest
states and five states outside the region.

     CONTACT: Geoff Brown, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).

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