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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 11 October 1999



CONFERENCE:  FINANCING NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION CONTROL
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on October 13 in Chicago will
help host a forum exploring innovative ways to finance nonpoint source
pollution reduction.  The forum is part of the Nonpoint Finance
Project, a joint venture between the Northeast-Midwest Institute and
the Marine Studies Consortium, located in Boston.  Representatives
from Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, farm
organizations, environmental groups, state governments, and the
finance industry will participate in the Chicago forum.

     CONTACT:  George Dusenbury at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


BRIEFING:  DISTRICT ENERGY
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     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Wednesday, October 13, will
host a briefing on how district energy can enhance reliability in
utility restructuring and promote smart growth.   District energy
utilizes combined heat and power technology to distribute steam, hot
water, and chilled water from a central power plant to individual
buildings through a network of pipes.  Such systems can double the
efficiency of conventional power plants, reduce emissions, and
stimulate urban development.

     Speakers will be Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), former mayor of
Springfield, MA; Mark Spurr with Kattner\FVB District Energy; Rob
Thornton with Northwind Boston; and Dan Adamson, deputy assistant
secretary at the Department of Energy.

     The briefing, co-hosted with the Environmental and Energy Study
Institute and the International District Energy Association, will run
on October 13 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm in room SC-4 of the U.S.
Capitol.  Light refreshments will be served.

     CONTACT:  Tina Kaarsberg at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


LEGISLATION:  BROWNFIELDS AND SMALL BUSINESS
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     Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY),
co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are looking for
cosponsors of the Small Business Brownfields Redevelopment Act of 1999
(S 1408).  The legislation channels funding through the Small Business
Administration's (SBA) successful loan guarantee and community
development corporation programs directly to specific brownfield
financing needs.  As the Senate Small Business Committee in the coming
months reauthorizes the Small Business Investment Act, the lawmakers
want to expand several SBA programs to include brownfield
redevelopment.

     CONTACTS:  Charles Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200) or Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(224-0606).


LETTER:  GREAT LAKES DELEGATION PROTECTS GREAT WATERS REPORT
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     Members of the Great Lakes Task Forces last week urged the House
Committee on Government Reform to reenlist the Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA's) Great Waters Report, which had been
included on a list of reports to be sunseted pursuant to a 1995 law. 
Congress established the Great Waters program within the 1990 Clean
Air Act Amendments in order to assess and reduce the problem of
atmospheric deposition of toxic substances into the Great Lakes, Lake
Champlain, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, and other "great waters."

     The letter, led by Reps. James Oberstar (D-MN) and Vernon Ehlers
(R-MI), notes that the Great Waters Report is needed to track EPA's
progress toward preventing serious public health and environmental
problems in these water basins.

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

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