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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 21 September 1998



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


SENATE BILLS:  POWER MARKETING AND INVASIVE SPECIES
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     Senators John Glenn (D-OH), Jack Reed (R-RI), and Daniel Patrick
Moynihan (D-NY) last week introduced legislation requiring federal
Power Marketing Administrations to charge market, rather than
subsidized, rates for their electricity.  The bill, S. 2499, is
similar to legislation introduced earlier in the year by leaders of
the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition.  According to Senator
Glenn:  "Federal taxpayers no longer need to subsidize electricity
rates in select sections of this country.  We must let the market and
competition set the price for power."

     Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) last week introduced the Invasive
Pest Control Act (S. 2480) in order to prevent the introduction and
spread of nonindigenous pests and pathogens.  The bill would stiffen
import requirements on species like the Asian longhorned beetle, which
has devastated hardwood tree species in New York and Illinois and is
believed to have entered the U.S. on untreated wood-packing materials
from overseas.


NORTHERN BORDER RESOURCES
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     The Senate Finance Committee, with leadership from Senator
Moynihan, recently reported a "Northern Border Resources" initiative
that would provide more cargo inspectors and trade facilitation
equipment on the U.S.-Canada border.  The provision, part of the Drug
Free Borders Act (H.R. 3809) authorizes funds for radio systems,
particle detectors, motion sensors, optic scopes, and other equipment. 
It also provides for an additional 125 cargo inspectors along the
northern border in order to decrease traffic and trade delays.


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
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     The Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals for
its sustainable development challenge grants.  The program provides $5
million to non-profit organizations and public agencies to develop
"place-based approaches addressing problems related to current
patterns of growth and public investment/disinvestment that accelerate
loss of open space and wetlands, fragment habitat, and increase
consumption of fossil fuels for energy and transportation."

     Additional information is available via Internet at: 
http://www.epa.gov/ecocommunity.


CONFERENCE:  COMMERCIALIZING EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on October 5 is organizing a
conference in Albany, New York, to introduce the Northeast Regional
Resource Center for Innovations and to further the commercialization
of efficient technologies.  The conference is being held in
cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York State
Energy Research and Development Authority.

     The session is part of an effort in the Northeast to help
inventors move through the commercialization process.  The
technologies developed by these innovators can help fuel economic
expansion and solve energy and environmental challenges.

     Additional information is available via Internet at: 
http://www.nemw.org.


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