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NORTHEAST-MIDWEST WEEKLY UPDATE -- 18 MAY 1998



Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>

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BRIEFING:  ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
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     The Upper Mississippi River Task Force on Monday, May 18, is
sponsoring a briefing on the Environmental Management Program (EMP), a
unique multi-state water resources initiative being reauthorized as
part of the Water Resources Development Act.  The EMP supports habitat
restoration and enhancement projects, and provides long-term resource
monitoring.

     Participants at the briefing include representatives from the
Upper Mississippi River Basin Association and the departments of
natural resources for Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and
Wisconsin.

     The briefing will be held on Monday, May 18, from 2:30 pm until
3:30 pm in room HC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACTS:  Ted Illston with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200) and Jeff Stein with Rep. Ron Kind (225-5506).


BROWNFIELD FUNDING
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     The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced new grants
to 36 communities working to clean up and redevelop brownfields. 
Within the Northeast-Midwest region, the following received awards of
up to $200,000: Lewiston, Maine; New Britain, Conn.; Pioneer Valley,
Mass.; Methuen, Mass.; Springfield, Mass.; Chelsea, Mass.; Malden,
Medford, and Everett, Mass.; New Hampshire Department of Environmental
Services; Norwich and Griswold, Conn.; Niagara County, N.Y.; Yonkers,
N.Y.; Ogdensburg, N.Y.; Johnstown, Pa.; Northampton County, Pa.; Fort
Wayne, Ind.; Calumet City, Ill.; Hennepin County, Minn.; Dayton, Ohio;
and Milwaukee, Wis.

     The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also
recently unveiled its Brownfield Economic Development Initiative
funded at $25 million for fiscal 1998.  Proposals must show potential
for expedited cleanup and economic development.  HUD also will provide
$38 million for its Economic Development Initiative, which will
support brownfield projects as well as property purchases, public
facilities and infrastructure, and relocation costs.

     CONTACTS:  Elizabeth Collaton, Ann Goode, and Charles Bartsch at
the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


APPROPRIATION LETTERS
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     Sixteen members of the Congressional Manufacturing Task Force
requested that the Interior Subcommittee support energy programs
within the Office of Industrial Technologies and the Energy
Information Administration. ... Ten senators asked the Energy and
Water panel to honor last year's legislation that ended funding for
the Tennessee Valley Authority's non-power programs. ... Twelve
members of the Senate Coalition asked the VA-HUD panel to fund the
Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund,
and Pollution Prevention State Grant Program. ... Members of the Great
Lakes Task Forces supported several programs important to the region.
... Members of the Upper Mississippi River Task Force endorsed the
Environmental Management Program. ... Senate Coalition members are
seeking support for the Low-Income Weatherization Program and the
State Energy Conservation Program.


LABOR MARKET INFORMATION
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     The Senate on May 5 passed comprehensive workforce legislation on
a 91-7 vote.  The bill, which includes labor market information (LMI)
reforms advanced by the Northeast-Midwest Coalition, now goes to
conference with the House, where similar legislation passed, also by
an overwhelming majority, in the spring of 1997.  The House bill
contains no provisions on labor market information, but the House went
on record in the last Congress as approving LMI language nearly
identical to this year's Senate provisions.  Prospects for LMI
legislation in this Congress, therefore, look positive.

     CONTACT:  Paula Duggan at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


                  SELECTED ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS
             COMPARED TO OTHER NON-EFFICIENCY DOE PROGRAMS
                        (percent of U.S. total)
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                            Non-                              Office of
                      Efficiency        State                Industrial
                          Energy       Energy    Weather-       Techno-
                        Programs      Program     ization        logies
State or Region          FY 1998*     FY 1998     FY 1998       FY 1997
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New England
  Connecticut               0.38         1.56        1.12          1.09
  Maine                     0.00         0.94        1.36          0.18
  Massachusetts             1.20         2.40        2.93          3.53
  New Hampshire             0.01         0.87        0.67          0.36
  Rhode Island              0.03         0.81        0.52          0.00
  Vermont                   0.00         0.71        0.57          0.00
Total                       1.63         7.29        7.18          5.16

Mid-Atlantic
  Delaware                  0.18         0.69        0.26          3.26
  Maryland                  1.17         1.93        1.19          4.24
  New Jersey                0.93         3.07        2.28          2.57
  New York                  7.03         6.21        8.96          1.56
  Pennsylvania              1.27         4.27        6.62          6.70
Total                      10.58        16.16       19.30         18.33

Midwest
  Illinois                  8.78         4.46        6.20         12.27
  Indiana                   0.24         2.52        2.93          9.00
  Iowa                      0.42         1.49        2.22          0.42
  Michigan                  0.17         3.78        6.80          5.71
  Minnesota                 0.09         2.27        4.41          0.04
  Ohio                      1.50         4.20        6.10          1.64
  Wisconsin                 0.24         2.35        3.83          0.79
Total                      11.42        21.06       32.50         29.87

South
  Alabama                   0.19         1.61        1.08          0.84
  Arkansas                  0.00         1.26        0.92          0.18
  District of Columbia      9.62         0.66        0.29           N/A
  Florida                   0.38         3.45        0.89          0.18
  Georgia                   0.02         2.23        1.30          1.89
  Kentucky                  0.79         1.69        2.02          0.20
  Louisiana                 2.23         1.96        0.78          0.00
  Mississippi               0.01         1.17        0.73          0.22
  North Carolina            0.23         2.31        1.85          0.18
  Oklahoma                  1.04         1.45        1.16          0.18
  South Carolina            0.35         1.42        0.79          0.27
  Tennessee                 7.04         1.95        1.87          7.24
  Texas                     1.03         5.67        2.49          3.12
  Virginia                  1.68         2.30        1.79          2.31
  West Virginia             1.36         1.16        1.43          0.18
Total                      25.98        30.29       19.39         17.00

West
  Alaska                    0.20         0.77        0.76          0.00
  Arizona                   0.84         1.43        0.61          0.11
  California                9.32         6.70        2.82         19.55
  Colorado                  4.75         1.60        2.44          4.48
  Hawaii                    0.03         0.72        0.09          0.00
  Idaho                     3.55         0.80        0.88          0.31
  Kansas                    0.05         1.33        1.13          0.18
  Missouri                  1.12         2.07        2.70          0.31
  Montana                   0.93         0.76        1.13          0.00
  Nebraska                  0.09         1.01        1.12          0.00
  Nevada                    1.64         0.84        0.36          0.11
  New Mexico                2.77         0.92        0.87          1.82
  North Dakota              0.25         0.72        1.13          0.00
  Oregon                    4.61         1.34        1.25          0.78
  South Dakota              0.35         0.70        0.85          0.18
  Utah                      1.03         1.01        0.95          0.86
  Washington               18.50         1.84        2.01          0.94
  Wyoming                   0.36         0.67        0.53          0.00
Total                      50.39        25.21       21.63         29.63

Northeast                  12.21        23.45       26.48         23.49
Midwest                    11.42        21.06       32.50         29.87
Northeast and Midwest      23.63        44.50       58.98         53.36

South                      25.98        30.29       19.39         17.00
West                       50.39        25.21       21.63         29.63
South and West             76.37        55.50       41.02         46.64

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*Includes all DOE programs minus conservation and defense-related
 programs.

SOURCE:  Northeast-Midwest Institute staff calculations based on U.S.
         Department of Energy, "FY1999 Congressional Budget State
         Table," (Washington, D.C.:  U.S. Department of Energy, 1998);
         U.S. Department of Energy, "State Energy Program -- Fiscal
         1998 Allocations;" "Low-Income Weatherization Assistance
         Program, State Formula Shares;" Office of Industrial
         Technologies, "Turning Industry Visions into Reality:  OIT
         Accomplishments by State," (Washington, D.C.:  Office of
         Industrial Technologies, Feb. 1998).


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Glenn Starnes
Systems Manager
Northeast-Midwest Institute
http://www.nemw.org/
gstarnes@nemw.org <mailto:gstarnes@nemw.org> 
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