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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 May 1999



BROWNFIELD FINANCING
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     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Tuesday, May 11,
will introduce federal legislation to encourage private investment in
brownfield projects.  Sponsored by Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ) and Marty
Meehan (D-MA), the Brownfield Redevelopment and Environmental
Revitalization Act creates two specific grant programs to provide
funds for site assessment and remediation, costs not usually covered
by bankers and investors.  It supports private-sector investment
through tax incentives and Small Business Administration programs. 
Moreover, it helps prevent the creation of brownfields by making 
cleanup financing available to business owners who have a difficult
time finding capital to modernize their processes.

     Also on Tuesday, the Northeast-Midwest Institute will release
FINANCING BROWNFIELD REUSE, a 65-page anthology of articles by
bankers, real estate appraisers, local officials, and policy experts. 
The publication's 11 articles provide a detailed survey of state and
federal initiatives, as well as profiles of local financing
initiatives spearheaded by the private sector.

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


MANUFACTURING MODERNIZATION
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute's Northeast Regional Resource
Center for Innovation on Thursday, May 13, is sponsoring a conference
in Cleveland to help inventors understand the Department of Energy's
research, development, and demonstration programs.  The session also
will help inventors write grant proposals, understand patents and
supply chain management, and develop commercializaion  strategies.

     The conference is being organized in cooperation with the
Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies, Cleveland
Area Manufacturing Program (CAMP), and Ohio Chemical Industries.

     CONTACT:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


ENERGY EFFICIENCY
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     Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) have been
joined so far by 11 other senators in their support of the
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) energy efficiency programs. 
The senators are requesting a substantial increase above fiscal 1999's
level of $57.4 million for EPA's Energy Star and Green Lights
programs.

     CONTACTS:  Jeff Burnam with Sen. Lugar (224-7443) or Dan Alpert
with Sen. Bingaman (224-1808).


R&D TAX CREDIT
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     Senators Pete Domenici (D-NM) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) recently
introduced legislation to establish a permanent tax incentive for
research and development (S. 951).  Senate Task Force on Manufacturing
co-chairs Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are co-
sponsors of the bill and have been actively encouraging their
colleagues to join them.  The legislation, which would cost $38
million over ten years, also would reform the tax credit and make it
available to more small and start-up firms as well as research
partnerships among businesses, universities, and federal labs.

     CONTACT:  Pete Lyons with Sen. Domenici (224-6621).


ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS
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     Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are
circulating a new letter supporting enhanced EPA funding for the
identification of hormone disrupting chemicals.  The new version is
the result of a compromise agreement between the Chemical
Manufacturers Association and the World Wildlife Fund.

     The letter requests $18.5 million to validate screens and tests
required by the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act in order to identify
hormone-disrupting chemicals.  This request is substantially above the
$7.7 million budget proposed by the Clinton administration.

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


SULFUR IN GASOLINE
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     President Clinton last Saturday announced the Environmental
Protection Agency's new rule that would require a national sulfur
average level of 30 parts per million (ppm), with a cap at 80 ppm by
the year 2004.  Small refiners, as determined by the Small Business
Administration, will be given until 2009 to meet the new standards. 
The rule is currently in its comment period, which will end on August
2, 1999.

     The Clean Gasoline Act of 1999 (S. 171 and H.R. 888) --
introduced in February by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) and
in March by Reps. Dale Kildee (D-MI), Marty Meehan (D-MA), Bob Franks
(R-NJ), Rick Lazio (R-NY) and John Dingell (D-MI) -- would require
gasoline to contain a concentration of sulfur not exceeding 40 parts
per million, a standard California already has in place.  Reducing
gasoline's sulfur content would result in air quality benefits
equivalent to removing more than 11 million vehicles from the road in
17 of the nation's most heavily polluted areas.

     CONTACT:  Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


AQUATIC NUISANCE SPECIES
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute recently was awarded the 1999
Recognition Award from the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, an
intergovernmental group established by the Nonindigenous Aquatic
Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990.  The award notes the
Institute's "significant and sustained contributions to the prevention
and control of nonindigenous species in America's aquatic ecosystems."

     CONTACT:  Allegra Cangelosi at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).