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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 22 February 1999



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


GREAT LAKES ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT AND RECEPTION
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Monday, February 22, is
hosting the annual Great Lakes Environmental Summit and Reception. 
The summit enables the Great Lakes policy community to discuss common
objectives and regional legislative priorities.  Participants will
include Great Lakes representatives of industry, environmental
organizations, Tribes, and state and federal agencies.  Congressional
staff will brief participants on possible legislation in the 106th
Congress.

     Following the summit, the Institute and the Senate and House
Great Lakes Task Forces will host a reception for summit participants,
Great Lakes congressional members and their staff, and other
interested parties.  That event will be held on February 22 from 5:30
p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Patricia Cicero at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


BROWNFIELD APPROPRIATIONS LETTER
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     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions this
week will circulate Dear Colleague letters regarding fiscal 2000
funding for brownfield reuse programs.  The letters pay particular
attention to brownfield initiatives by the Environmental Protection
Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

     The letter notes: "Many of our nation's oldest cities -- our
original economic engines -- are burdened with contaminated sites
because of past, now obsolete, waste management practices.  States are
designing programs to protect the economic, cultural, and
environmental vitality of our great cities, and we believe Congress
should continue to support these productive efforts."

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


NEW INSTITUTE STAFF
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     Alison Hess and Fred Helmstetter last week joined the Institute's
staff to work on a three-year project studying trade prospects and
transportation infrastructure in the Upper Midwest.  Hess was a senior
researcher with the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and
Helmstetter has been an analyst with TRW.