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GLIN==>> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 21 June 1999

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions on
Monday, June 21, are hosting a briefing on why U.S. cities have been
more prone to sprawl than their European counterparts, which tend to
be more compact.  The briefing will feature the authors -- representing the
Brookings Institution, Surface Transportation Policy Project, and Natural
Resources Defense Council -- of two new books on sprawl.

     In contrasting U.S. and European metropolitan development,
speakers will examine the effectiveness in controlling sprawl by
traditional urban programs -- such as core area reconstruction, mass-
transit investments, urban growth controls, and metropolitan
organizational arrangements -- as well as by "accidental urban
policies" -- including national tax systems, energy conservation
efforts, agricultural supports, and protection from international

     The briefing, also hosted by the Environmental and Energy Study
Institute, will run from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm in room 628 of the Dirksen
Senate Office Building.

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

     The House Water and Power Subcommittee on Thursday, June 24, will
hold a hearing on the substantial technological and regulatory changes
occurring in the electricity industry.  That panel, within the
Committee on Resources, plans the session to be the first in a series
of hearings on the role of Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) in a
competitive electricity market.  Since Bonneville and the other PMAs
market more than 6 percent of all electric power generated in the
U.S., they play a large role in any legislation before Congress
seeking to restructure the electricity markets.

     Testifying will be leading federal and state regulators, industry
executives, General Accounting Office auditors, and representatives of
impacted trade associations.  They will review the issues involved in
restructuring, as well as how PMA management and mission affect those

     The hearing will begin on June 24 at 2:00 pm in room 1334 of the
Longworth House Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Bob Faber with the Water and Power Subcommittee (225-

     The Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global
Environment on Thursday, June 24, will sponsor a briefing on the
interactions between water and human health.  Most U.S. cities have
deteriorating wastewater treatment systems, with completely inadequate
programs for replacement or upgrade.  Those municipal systems will be
further strained as the U.S. continues to grow.  Waterborne pathogens,
such as cryptosporidium, already have emerged.  In the rapidly-growing
developing world, squalid urban slums are crowded with unprecedented
numbers of displaced people living in conditions favorable to the
rapid spread of disease.

     Speakers will include representatives from Harvard Medical
School, Harvard School of Public Health, Population Action
International, and Global Water Policy Project.

     The June 24 briefing, cosponsored by the Environmental and Energy
Study Institute (EESI), will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room
902 of the Hart Senate Office Building.  Light refresh-ments will be
served from 12:45-1:00 pm.

     CONTACT:  Beth Bleil at EESI (662-1886).