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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 September 1998



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


BRIEFING:  TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE
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     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions on
Monday, September 14, are sponsoring a briefing on the Trade
Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which helps American
manufacturers that have lost sales and jobs due to imports.

     TAA, established by the Trade Act of 1974, provides cost-shared
technical assistance to assist certified companies improve their
competitive ability.  It is the only federal trade program that helps
strengthen companies that have been damaged by opening markets.  TAA
authority expires September 30, 1998, and lawmakers are considering
the program's reauthorization.

     Introductions at the briefing will be given by Richard
McLaughlin, director of the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance
Center (NETAAC), and Howard Yefsky, executive director of the Midwest
Trade Adjustment Assistance Center.  Discussing their experiences with
the TAA program will be George Flowers, vice president of
manufacturing for Electric Mobility Corporation in Sewell, NJ; Kathi
Johnson, president of Hexacon Electric in Roselle Park, NJ; and Thomas
Hayes III, president of Eagle Convex Glass in Clarksburg, WV.

     The session on Monday, September 14, will begin at 2:00 pm in
room HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT:  Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361).


PRESS CONFERENCE:  RESTRUCTURE TVA
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     Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Senator Jack Reed (R-RI), Rep.
Bob Franks (R-NJ) and the Northeast-Midwest Institute on Tuesday,
September 15, will hold a press conference to discuss pending
appropriation and policy issues facing the Tennessee Valley Authority
and to release RESTRUCTURE TVA:  WHY THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
MUST BE REFORMED.  The session was postponed from last week.

     The Institute's 54-page monograph explains that the nation's
largest electric utility suffers an enormous $29-billion debt,
mismanagement, and falling political support at the very time that
lawmakers are restructuring the nation's electric utility industry and
transforming the way consumers buy electricity.  It also describes
TVA's taxpayer subsidies and exemptions from federal and state laws
and regulations, its role as one of the nation's largest air
polluters, its six-figure bonuses and secret retirement funds for top
executives, and its non-competitive consulting contracts to cronies of
those officials.  The report calls for restructuring this outmoded
government agency.

     The press conference on September 15 will begin at 11:00 am in
room 228 of the Cannon House Office Building.

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


LETTER:  BROWNFIELD SUPPORT
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     Nine members of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition last week
sent a letter to the VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee regarding
brownfield funding and program flexibility.  Specifically, the letter
encourages the Senate language providing $25 million for brownfields
that is not earmarked within the Department of Housing and Urban
Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  It
also urges full funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's
brownfields program, as well as flexibility to complete the important
tasks of research, technical assistance, and job training.  The
Congressional Coalition's co-chairs, Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ) and Marty
Meehan (D-MA), sent a similar letter to conferees.

     CONTACT:  Charles Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


STAFF UPDATES
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     TINA KAARSBERG recently was the lead presenter for two papers --
addressing how combined heat and power, or cogeneration, can save
energy and carbon in both buildings and manufacturing plants -- at the
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) 1998 Summer
Study on Energy Efficiency and the 33rd Inter-society Energy
Conversion Engineering Conference; from the hundreds of presentations,
hers were selected to be published in "Aerospace and Electronic
Systems Magazine." ... PATRICIA CICERO is in Toledo this week for a
workshop on the beneficial use of dredged material (sponsored by the
Great Lakes Dredging Team), a meeting on opportunities and obstacles
in nonpoint source pollution control (sponsored by International Joint
Commission's Science Advisory Board), and a conference on soil erosion
and sediment control opportunities for the Great Lakes basin
(sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission).


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