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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 7 December 1998

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

     The Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional Coalitions on
Wednesday, December 9, will host a luncheon briefing on the role of
freight transportation in the region's economic development and
environmental planning.  Rail and financing experts will discuss the
future of freight transportation planning and investment.

     Sponsoring the event is Strategic Rail Finance.  A full buffet
lunch will be served at 12:00 noon in room SC-5 of the U.S. Capitol. 
The discussion will run from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm.

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

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions on
Thursday, December 10, will host a briefing on new federal grants to
local communities trying to clean and redevelop brownfield sites.  The
Environmental Protection Agency soon will be issuing a call for
proposals.  The briefing should help congressional staff counsel their
constituents on applying for these grants to advance brownfield
cleanup and redevelopment.

     CONTACTS:  Tim Daniels with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361) and Cameron Taylor with the Northeast-Midwest
Senate Coalition (224-0606).

     The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition on Wednesday, December 16,
will hold a briefing on sulfur in gasoline, which increases tailpipe
emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2), and
hydrocarbons.  Noting that the Environmental Protection Agency is
expected soon to announce a plan for reducing gasoline's sulfur
content, the session, logistics for which will be announced soon, will
feature presentations from industry, health, environment, and
government representatives.

     On the same topic, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), co-
chair of the Senate Coalition, is circulating a letter to Vice
President Gore urging the administration to adopt a national,
year-round cap on the sulfur content of gasoline sold in the United
States. By poisoning the catalytic converters used to control
emissions in virtually all highway vehicles, high levels of sulfur in
gasoline significantly increase tailpipe emissions.  Noting a
potential emissions benefit, automakers, environmental groups, and
state and local air quality officials strongly favor a low sulfur

     CONTACTS:  Kathryn Clay in Senator Moynihan's office (224-4451)
or Cameron Taylor with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-

     Two Sea Grant fellows in February 1999 will begin a one-year
assignment with the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions's Great Lakes Task
Forces and Upper Mississippi River Task Force.  Jennifer Merrill, who
is completing her Ph.D. in marine and estuarine environmental science
at the University of Maryland, will work in the office of Senator Carl
Levin (D-MI) for the Great Lakes Task Forces.  Ed Buckner, completing
his Ph.D. in natural resource policy at Purdue University, will work
in the office of Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) for the Upper Mississippi River
Task Force.

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a senior policy
analyst and a research assistant for a new, three-year project to
examine transportation, trade, and economic development opportunities
in the Upper Midwest.  Staff will review the region's potential for
trade development and estimate the adequacy of its transportation

     More detailed job descriptions are available on the Institute's
web site -- www.nemw.org.  Resumes can be faxed to 544-0043.