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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 6 March 2000

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Tuesday and Wednesday, March
7-8, is sponsoring a workshop in Seattle on combined heat and power
(CHP) applications.  The session will explore ways to eliminate
regulatory and policy barriers in order to save energy, reduce air
emissions, and increase productivity.

     The event is cosponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S.
Combined Heat and Power Association, Oregon State Energy Office,
Washington State University Energy Program, and the Idaho Energy
Office.  The Northeast-Midwest Institute's next CHP workshop is
scheduled for April 6 at the Soderberg Center at the University of
Maine, in Orono, Maine.

     Registration information and an agenda can be found at:

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Friday, March
10, is hosting a briefing on Amtrak's new Network Growth Strategy.
This plan's implementation will involve the expansion and creation of
rail lines within the Northeast-Midwest region.

     Speakers will brief congressional and state staff on how the new
plan may enhance service  and ridership in their districts, and they
will answer questions about the plan's budget implications and its
impact on underused rural lines.  The Friday briefing will begin at
1:00 pm in room 1539 of the Longworth House Office Building.

     Contact:  Tim Daniels with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (225-5361).

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release The Great
Lakes at the Millennium:  Priorities for Fiscal 2001
.  The 134-page
document provides a guide to U.S. federal programs that are critical
to continued progress in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes
economy and environment.  The report provides a brief survey of
current goals for environmental protection of the Great Lakes, a guide
to federal programs that could help the region achieve those goals,
and an analysis of the administration's fiscal 2001 proposed funding

     The Institute last week sponsored the Great Lakes Environmental
Summit, an annual event the enables the Great Lakes community to
identify and discuss regional legislative priorities.  The morning
included panel discussions led by congressional staff and region-based
experts on pending appropriations and authorizations.  An afternoon
roundtable discussion reviewed an overall Great Lakes legislative
agenda for the second session of the 106th Congress.

     Contacts: Rochelle Sturtevant at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-1211) and Allegra Cangelosi at the Northeast-Midwest
Institute (544-5200).

     Northeast-Midwest lawmakers continue to advance measures that
will relieve the burden of high oil prices and protect against future
crises.  For instance, Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA), Joe Moakley (D-MA),
and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are spearheading a letter supporting the
administration's $600-million supplemental appropriations request for
the emergency portion of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP).  That letter also endorses the administration's supplemental
appropriations request of $19 million for the Department of Energy's
Weatherization Assistance Program, and $1 million for the Small
Business Administration's loan program.  To co-sign the letter,
contact Sara Andrews with Rep. Meehan (225-3411).

     Reps. Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) and Sam Gejdenson (D-CT), chairman
and ranking member of the House International Relations Committee,
criticized Energy Secretary Bill Richardson at a hearing last week for
not using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as leverage against member
nations of the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

     Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Patrick
Leahy (D-VT), and John Kerry (D-MA) will be introducing legislation
this week to encourage summer fill programs for propane, kerosene, and
heating oil.  The measure would provide information, technical
assistance, and funding for educational programs to encourage
distributors and homeowners to fill their storage facilities during
the summer in order to eliminate severe winter price increases.  the
legislation also would promote the use of budget plans, price cap
arrangements, fisx-price contracts, and other financial arrangements
that would help protect consumers against dramatic price fluctuations.

     Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) last week introduced the Stable Oil
Supply (SOS) Home Heating Act (S.2094) to ensure that petroleum
importers, refiners, and wholesalers accumulate supplies of home
heating oil to meet needs in the Northeast.

     Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) is circulating a letter
requesting $1 million for three Coast Guard icebreakers to keep the
Hudson River open for shipments of heating oil and fuels into the
Northeast throughout the fiscal 2001 winter season.

     Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition leaders also are asking the
Appropriations Committee to provide $1.4 billion in regular funds in
fiscal 2001 for LIHEAP, $300 million in emergency LIHEAP funding, and
$1.5 billion in advance LIHEAP funding for fiscal 2002.  The letter is
to Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), chairman of the relevant subcommittee
and a strong defender of LIHEAP.  State-by-state LIHEAP allocations
can be found at http://www.nemw.org/liheap021600.htm.

     Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and six
other Northeast-Midwest Senators on March 3 introduced a Sense of the
Senate Resolution calling for the U.S. to draw down the Strategic
Petroleum Reserve in order to combat unfair foreign trade practices of

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

     Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate
Coalitions are spearheading the effort to obtain fiscal 2001
appropriations for brownfield reuse initiatives.  The letters seek $91
million for the Environmental Protection Agency and $50 million for
the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Approximately one
third of the EPA request is for revolving loan funds.
     Contact: Charles Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     Reps. Michael Castle (R-DE), Joseph Pitts (R-PA), and Jim
Greenwood (R-PA) are seeking cosponsors on three bills (H.R. 3556,
H.R. 3520 and H.R. 2317) that would grant wild-and-scenic designation
to the White Creek and Lower Delaware Rivers.  They want to draw
attention to this vital river preservation program in time for this
year's Earth Day.

     Contacts:  Jeff Forrest with Rep. Castle (225-4165), Judy Borger
with Rep. Greenwood (225-4276), and Ken Miller with Rep. Pitts (225-

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is looking for a policy analyst
to help focus on trade and transportation trends in the Upper Midwest.
Working with a transportation expert, the analyst will pay particular
attention to agriculture, manufacturing trade, and rural development.

     A detailed job description is available at http://www.nemw.org/job.htm.