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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 25 January 1999

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

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release MARKETING
BROWNFIELD CLEANUP TECHNOLOGIES, a review of the innovative
technologies that can improve the effectiveness or reduce the costs of
cleaning contaminated sites.  The 24-page report also recounts the
remaining barriers to the use of such innovative technologies.

     Innovations face daunting obstacles to commercialization in any
field, but the hurdles are often even higher in environmental
technologies, whose use is a function of legal and regulatory systems
rather than strictly market incentives.  The report argues that
federal agencies should continue their support of technology
development, testing, and verification, as well as their programs
aimed at acquainting state and local officials, property owners, and
the finance community with the use and performance of these innovative
approaches to cleanup.

     Call or email Lisa Budzynski at the Institute's publications
department for copies of the report (544-5200, or lisab@nemw.org).

     CONTACT: Julie Fox Gorte at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     Members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate
Coalitions will be introducing legislation to have the Power Marketing
Administrations (PMAs) and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) charge
market-based, rather than subsidized, rates for their electricity. 
The Power Marketing Administration Reform Act also directs PMA and TVA
transmission facilities be subject to open-access regulation by the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  This common-sense bill forces
federal utilities to charge the going rate for power and makes the
PMAs and TVA operate under the same rules that govern the rest of the
power industry.

     The legislation has been endorsed by an array of environmental
and taxpayer groups.  Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) last week
introduced the legislation as S. 161.  Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ) and
Marty Meehan (D-MA) soon will advance an identical bill in the House.

     Despite claims by PMA beneficiaries, the General Accounting
Office (GAO) in November 1998 reported that market-based rates would
lead to only minimal rate increases.  According to GAO: "Slightly more
than two-thirds of the preference customers that purchase power
directly from the Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western Area power
administrations may see relatively small or no rate increases if these
PMAs begin to charge market rates for the power they produce."

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

     The Northeast-Midwest groups on Monday, February 1, will provide
a detailed review of the president's fiscal 2000 budget, analyzing how
the administration's proposals affect the region.  This review will be
available to the media and coalition members by 4 pm, just hours after
the president's submission.

     CONTACT:  Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361) and Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest
Institute (544-5200).