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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 28 September 1998



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

BRIEFING:  UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
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     The Upper Mississippi River Task Force will meet on Tuesday,
September 29, with senior officials from the Interior Department
regarding that agency's policies and projects in the region.  Speakers
will include:  Assistant Secretary Don Berry; John Rogers, deputy
director of the Fish and Wildlife Service; and Sue Haseltine, deputy
chief scientist of the U.S. Geological Survey.

     The briefing will begin on Tuesday, September 29, at 10:00 am in
room HC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.

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


REPORTS:  STATE SURVEYS ON BROWNFIELD REUSE
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release two
reports on state activities associated with the cleanup and
redevelopment of brownfields.

     BROWNFIELDS "STATE OF THE STATE" REPORT:  A MID-YEAR REVIEW OF
INITIATIVES IN THE 50 STATES, based on telephone interviews with
environmental and economic development officials across the country,
lists the state efforts designed to advance brownfield reuse.  The
report provides information in three categories:  a) financing
programs targeted to brownfield situations; b) voluntary cleanup
programs and assurances provided; and c) incentives to attract private
investment to brownfields.

     BROWNFIELD PROGRAM IMPACTS:  REUSE BENEFITS, STATE BY STATE,
again based on interviews with state officials, examines redevelopment
benefits resulting from brownfield initiatives, data just now emerging
in most states. When available, the report lists:  a) number of sites
that entered state brownfield programs and/or subsequently completed
them; b) jobs created; c) housing units developed; d) tax revenues
added to the local economy; and e) businesses created.

     CONTACTS:  Charles Bartsch and Christine Anderson at the
Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


LEGISLATION:  GREAT LAKES FISH AND WILDLIFE
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     The House last week approved the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife
Restoration Act (H.R. 1481).  With only a few amendments to the
version passed in August by the House Resources Committee, the bill
would encourage federal and non-federal cooperative habitat
restoration and natural resource management programs in the Great
Lakes basin.  The Senate may consider the legislation this week.
     CONTACT:  Rochelle Sturtevant at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-4229).


LETTER:  U.S.-CANADA TRAFFIC AND TRADE
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     Nineteen senators last week urged appropriators to retain a
Senate-approved measure that repeals a provision that "would
unintentionally cause extremely grave consequences to trade, commerce,
tourism, and cross-border traffic."  The senators, led by Spencer
Abraham (R-MI) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA), chairman and ranking member
of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, urged appropriation
conferees to repeal Section 110 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.  Business and government leaders
throughout the Northeast and Midwest have raised concerns about
Section 110's untried and untested entry-exit control system.

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).

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