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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 17 February 1997

                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                         17 February 1997


                         TOP OF THE NEWS

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Thursday, February 20, will
host a Great Lakes "Summit" at which region-based leaders, federal and
state officials, and congressional staff will review pending
environmental issues affecting the region.  The annual event enables
Great Lakes advocates to share information, discuss Great Lakes
priorities for the new Congress, and review cooperative ventures.  The
meeting will take place in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building from
10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

     Congressional staff, reporters, and Great Lakes decisionmakers
also are invited to a special Great Lakes Reception that evening. 
Posters and exhibits will describe Great Lakes environmental programs. 
Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  The reception will be held
on Thursday, February 20, in 385 Russell Senate Office Building from
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  RSVP requested.

     CONTACT:  Rochelle Sturtevant at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-4229).

     The Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies, in
cooperation with the Congressional and Senate Task Forces on
Manufacturing, is sponsoring its second annual symposium and expo from
February 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, Virginia.

     The events feature innovative technologies and activities related
to DOE's Industries of the Future program.  That initiative creates
partnerships among industry and government to accelerate technology
research and development.  It targets seven energy and waste-intensive
industries: forest products, steel, aluminum, metal casting,
chemicals, petroleum refining, and glass.

     Congressional staff are welcome to attend any of the sessions and
tour the expo exhibits at no charge.  A reception and expo opening
will occur on Monday, February 24, from 4-7 pm.

     CONTACTS:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200)
and Tina Van Sickle at the Department of Energy (586-7448).

     Senators John Glenn (D-OH) and Connie Mack (R-FL) this week will
release a letter, signed by some dozen senators, that expresses strong
concerns about federal power subsidies.  The senators also will
distribute a General Accounting Office report calculating that three
power marketing administrations failed to recover $300 million of
their costs in fiscal 1995, leaving taxpayers to pick up the

     Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) last week introduced legislation
to eliminate the $106-million direct appropriation that goes to the
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  Meanwhile, TVA's chairman blasted a
report showing that the giant federal utility annually receives $1.2
billion in indirect taxpayer subsidies.  Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ) and
Marty Meehan (D-MA), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition, responded by asking TVA to support their legislation
calling for an independent audit of TVA's federal benefits.

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


     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is completing 18 state-specific
reports on the flow of federal funds for fiscal 1994 and 1995.  The
documents, available only to Northeast-Midwest Institute subscribers, 
analyzes spending by federal agency and program, as well as by county
and city/town within each state. 

     CONTACT:  Alyssa Farber at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).