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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 19 January 1999



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

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SENATE SMART GROWTH TASK FORCE
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     Senators Jim Jeffords (R -VT) and Carl Levin (D-MI) last week
announced the formation of the Senate Smart Growth Task Force, a
bipartisan, multi-regional working group dedicated to exploring and
promoting community-focused development policies.  Current Task Force
members include Senators Robert Bennett (R-UT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA),
John Chafee (R-RI), Max Cleland (D-GA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Joseph
Lieberman (D-CT), Charles Robb (D-VA), Robert Torricelli (D-NJ), and
Ron Wyden (D-OR).  Northeast-Midwest personnel will provide staff
support to the Task Force.

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


WORKSHOP ON BROWNFIELD JOB TRAINING AWARDS
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     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions on
Wednesday, January 20, will sponsor a workshop on job creation and
brownfield redevelopment.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
expects to provide grants of approximately $200,000 to ten Brownfields
Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilots.  The deadline for
proposals is March 1, 1999.

     The workshop will begin on Wednesday at 3:30 pm in room 1116 of
the Longworth House Office Building.  Linda Garczynski, head of
Special Projects in EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency
Response, will discuss available EPA grants, how and when to apply,
and the types of projects that have been funded.  Paula Duggan, author
of the Northeast-Midwest Institute's WORKING ON BROWNFIELDS:  THE
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING CONNECTION, will provide an overview of how
job training programs can be linked to brownfield redevelopment
efforts.

     CONTACT:  Ann Goode at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


NATIONAL OILHEAT RESEARCH ALLIANCE (NORA)
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     Rep. Jim Greenwood (R-PA) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) this
week will re-introduce the National Oilheat Research Alliance Act
(NORA).  This legislation passed the House last Congress with a
bipartisan group of 130 cosponsors, but was not taken up by the Senate
before the end of the session.  The bill allows the oilheat industry
to establish a check-off fee program to promote industry activities,
such as consumer education and research and development, at no cost to
the federal government.  Both offices are seeking cosponsors for the
legislation.

     CONTACTS:  Sara McGraw with Rep. Greenwood (225-4276) and Mark
Beruman with Senator Snowe (224-5344).


ENERGY PROGRAMS LETTER FOLLOW-UP
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     Northeast-Midwest senators and representatives last month
encouraged the Clinton Administration to support the State Energy
Program (SEP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program.  Those
letters requested that the administration's fiscal 2000 budget be no
less than the fiscal 1999 request of $37 million for SEP and $154
million for Weatherization.  Staff recently learned that those efforts
were successful, and that the administration's budget will include the
requested funding levels.