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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 12 April 1999



MONDAY BRIEFING:  TRANSPORTATION'S EFFECT ON SMART GROWTH
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     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Monday, April 12, will host
a briefing on the role of transportation in smart growth.  Sarah
Campbell, president of TransManagement and co-founder of the Surface
Transportation Policy Project, will discuss the role of transportation
in land use outcomes, and smart growth in particular.  Al Eisenberg,
deputy assistant secretary of transportation policy for the Department
of Transportation (DOT), will review DOT's policies specific to
supporting smart growth at the state and local level.

     The briefing will begin on Monday, April 12, at 2:00 pm in room
430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

     CONTACTS:  Ann Goode at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200) and Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(224-0606).


TUESDAY BRIEFING:  FLOW OF FEDERAL FUNDS
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     The Census Bureau on Tuesday, April 13, will discuss its new
reports associated with the fiscal 1998 flow of federal funds to
states and counties.  These reports will serve as a basis for the
Northeast-Midwest Institute's more detailed presentations on federal
spending and taxation, which will be released in the fall.

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions are
helping to sponsor the hour-long briefing, which will begin on
Tuesday, April 13, at 2:00 pm in room HC-5 of the U.S. Capitol. 

     CONTACT:  Kim Schell at the Census Bureau (301/457-4127).


WEDNESDAY BRIEFING:  ENERGY EFFICIENCY
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     The Energy and Environmental Study Institute on Wednesday, April
14, is organizing a briefing on the energy-saving and environmental
benefits of Energy Star programs.  Presenters will include
representatives of Mobil, Maytag, the Ohio Office of Energy Services,
and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

     The session will begin on Wednesday, April 14, at 2:00 pm in room
311 of the Cannon House Office Building.


THURSDAY BRIEFING:  SMART GROWTH AND BIODIVERSITY
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     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Thursday, April 15, will
host a briefing on new means to map biodiversity.  Roger
Schlickheisen, a former Baucus staffer now with the Defenders of
Wildlife, will discuss the group's Living Landscape project that uses
GIS systems to map biodiversity.  That information system is available
to planners on CD-ROM.

     The Thursday briefing will begin at 2 pm in room 406 of the
Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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


FRIDAY BRIEFING:  COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS
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     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Friday, April
16, is organizing a briefing on the problems and innovative approaches
associated with combined sewer overflow (CSO) systems.  CSOs, which
are a major water pollution challenge in northeastern and midwestern
communities, receive both storm water and untreated human and
industrial waste, toxic materials, and debris.

     Speakers will include:  Mike Cook, director of the Environmental
Protection Agency's Office of Wastewater Management; James Smullen,
vice president of Camp Dresser & McKeen; Bob Boon, president of the
Anacostia Watershed Society; and Mark Young, executive director of the
Lowell (MA) Waste Water Utility Plant.

     The Friday, April 16, briefing will run from 11:30 am until 1:00
pm in room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building.  Refreshments will
be provided.

     CONTACT: Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361). 


SURVEY:  FEDERAL BROWNFIELD BILLS
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release its
initial review of the brownfield-related legislative proposals
introduced to date in the 106th Congress.  More than two dozen bills
were introduced during 1997 and 1998, focusing on tax incentives,
direct capital attraction incentives, and liability clarifications and
process related initiatives.

     The survey will soon be available on the Institute's web site 
www.nemw.org  and will be updated throughout the year.

     CONTACT:  Charles Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200). 


JOB OPENING:  ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ANALYST
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a policy analyst to
work on water quality and ecosystem issues.  The individual will help
identify innovative financing associated with non-point source
pollution, as well as advance interstate cooperation associated with
Mid-Atlantic river basins. 

     A more detailed job description is on the Institute's web site: 
www.nemw.org.  Applicants are encouraged to fax or e-mail a resume and
writing sample to Allegra Cangelosi at 202/544-0043 or
acangelo@nemw.org.