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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 24 February 1997

                             WEEKLY UPDATE

                            24 February 1997


                            TOP OF THE NEWS

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Monday, February 24, is
sponsoring a briefing on the Environmental Management Program (EMP)
and the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Navigation Study. 
Tom Hempfling, EMP's program manager for the Army Corps of Engineers,
will describe the status of the EMP report that is due to Congress in
the fall and of the Navigation Study that is due by the end of 1999.

     The EMP conducts long-term monitoring and now has data for over
ten years on several different pools up and down the Upper Mississippi
River.  The program also constructs habitat projects to mitigate the
environmental impacts from navigation infrastructure.

     The session will be held on Monday at 1:00 pm in room B-329 of
the Rayburn House Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Ted Illston at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

     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:  Please RSVP to Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest
Institute (544-5200) or Tina Van Sickle at the Department of Energy

     The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces will meet on Friday,
February 28, to review funding levels for programs and research
laboratories affecting the region and to develop recommended levels
for fiscal 1998.  Great Lakes delegation staff and representatives of
Great Lakes governors are invited to attend.

     The meeting will be held on Friday from 10:00 am until 11:30 am
in room SC-5 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT: Sara Gottlieb with the House Great Lakes Task Force
(225-5731) or Rochelle Sturtevant with the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-4229).

     The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing on Wednesday, February 26,
will host a brown bag lunch briefing on rubber footwear manufacturing
in the United States.  The session, the second in a series, will be
from noon to 1:00 pm in Senator Olympia Snowe's (R-ME) conference room
(250 Russell Senate Office Building).

     The rubber and plastic footwear industry is labor-intensive and
import sensitive.  Because of import penetration, employment in the
U.S. industry has declined significantly and only about a dozen firms
remain.  Mitchell Cooper, an industry expert, will describe the
industry's current outlook, tariff issues, and the implications of
upcoming free trade negotiations with Chile, Latin America, and
certain Asian Pacific Rim countries.

     CONTACT: Geoff Brown at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition