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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 19 April 1999

     The Environmental and Energy Study Institute on Monday, April 15,
will host a briefing on the issue of sulfur content in gasoline. 
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), co-chair of the Northeast-
Midwest Senate Coalition, has introduced legislation (S. 171) to cut
the sulfur content in order to obtain environmental and public health
benefits.  The Environmental Protection Agency soon is proposing new
vehicle emission standards that will reduce levels of sulfur in

     The briefing will feature Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI), a leading co-
sponsor of House legislation (H.R. 888).  Auto manufacturers, public
health advocates, and state environmental regulators will argue for
such a reduction in sulfur.  An official from the petroleum refining
industry will highlight the economic costs of this action.

     The session on Monday, April 19, will run from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
in room 2168 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

     Leading engineering and architectural trade associations on
Monday, April 19, are sponsoring an all-day, Capitol Hill briefing on
the redevelopment of brownfields.  Carol Browner, administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency, is scheduled to speak, as are the
Architect of the Capitol's director of engineering and Northeast-
Midwest staff.

     The April 19 briefing begins at 10:30 am in room SC-5 of the U.S.
Capitol.  Lunch will be served, and the session will adjourn at 4:00
pm.  A $40 registration fee covers the lunch and materials.

     Registration for congressional staff with ID is waived;
otherwise, registering can be done by calling 800/589-9907, ext. 2.

     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Wednesday, April 21, will
host a briefing on Maryland's smart growth initiative.  Speaking will
be Ronald Young, deputy director of Maryland's Office of Planning.

     The briefing will begin on Wednesday, April 21, at 2:00 pm in
room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions are
leading efforts to obtain appropriations for energy efficiency
partnerships administered by the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), including Energy Star and Green Lights.  These voluntary,
market-based programs operate in conjunction with businesses and local
governments.  With a demonstrated track record for improving air
quality and stimulating investment, these initiatives have been
praised by both environmentalists and the National Association of

     The letters are being led by Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-CT).

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

     Several regional lawmakers are sending letters requesting
increased appropriations for research on chemicals that disrupt the
human endocrine system.  Studies have found connections between
endocrine-disrupting chemicals and serious health problems, such as
breast cancer and lowered fertility rates.

     The letters advancing Environmental Protection Agency research
are being led by Reps. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY),
Thomas Barrett (D-WI) and Bart Stupak (D-MI), and Senators Patrick
Leahy (D-VT) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT).

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

     Members of the Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional
Coalitions are leading efforts to obtain appropriations for the
Manufacturing Extension Partnership that assists small and medium-
sized American manufacturers to compete in the demanding global
marketplace.  Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Olympia Snowe (R-
ME) and Reps. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) and James Barcia (D-MI) are
advancing the efforts that urge appropriators to retain funding at
last year's level of $106.8 million.

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

     Members of the Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional
Coalitions also are spearheading efforts to reauthorize the Trade
Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program that helps manufacturers adversely
impacted by imports.  The program's authorization is set to expire on
June 30, 1999.

     Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY),
and Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ) and Marty Meehan (D-MA) argue that TAA has
been a unique economic development tool, which has helped entire
communities retain jobs and expand employment opportunities by
assisting domestic manufacturers to better compete with foreign firms.

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

     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 Dick Munson at 202/544-0043 or dickmunson@nemw.org.