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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 27 January 1997



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                        NORTHEAST-MIDWEST
                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                         27 January 1997
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                         TOP OF THE NEWS


BROWNFIELD FORUM IN MASSACHUSETTS
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute and Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) on
Friday, January 31, are co-sponsoring a public forum in Lowell,
Massachusetts, on cleaning and reusing industrial properties.  The
session, which will highlight local development projects as well as
state and federal policy options, is another in a Northeast-Midwest
series that profiles the economic and environmental benefits of
brownfield reuse.

     Speakers will include John DeVillars, Regional Administrator of
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Sarah Weinstein with the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; as well as local
officials, bankers, developers, and environmentalists.

     The event will begin with a bus and walking tour of brownfield
projects, beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, January 31.  The public
forum, to be held at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, will run from 1:30
pm until 4:15 pm.

     Rep. Meehan is co-chair of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition.

     CONTACT:  Elizabeth Collaton with the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(202/544-5200) or Kate Dempsey with Rep. Meehan (508/459-0101).


SENATORS SEEK LIHEAP EMERGENCY FUNDS
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     Forty-eight senators last week sent a letter to President Clinton
asking him to release $300 million in emergency Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds.  The letter was spearheaded by the
Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, which is chaired by Senators James
Jeffords (R-VT) and Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).

     The letter asks Clinton to take this action because of
"skyrocketing energy costs and colder than normal temperatures in a
large portion of the country."  The 1997 Omnibus Appropriations Act
allows the president to release up to $420 million in LIHEAP emergency
funds.

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


REPRESENTATIVES PROTEST EXTENSION OF FEDERAL POWER SUBSIDY
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     Members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition are
questioning the Clinton Administration's plan to offer long-term
contracts to the select customers of the Southeastern Power
Administration (SEPA).  Those 20-year contracts would extend current
subsidies to SEPA and shield it from competition.

     "When policymakers of both parties are trying to balance the
budget, we can ill afford to have taxpayers subsidize electricity
bills for select customers," wrote Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ) and Marty
Meehan (D-MA) to Charles Curtis, now acting secretary of the
Department of Energy.  "When we're trying to bring competition into
the utility industry, we should not exempt one segment of that
industry from competition."

     "This administration and Congress," wrote Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
in a separate letter, "are crafting legislative proposals that
would bring increased competition into the retail electricity market. 
To be comprehensive and fair, those proposals must reform the federal
power marketing administrations (PMAs), which for too long have
received special federal support absent in other regions of the
country.  Approval of any long-term contracts for PMA customers would
circumvent reform efforts."

     CONTACT:  Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

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