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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 20 March 2000



GREAT LAKES CONGRESSIONAL BREAKFAST AND BRIEFING
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Great Lakes Commission on
Thursday, March 23, are hosting the annual Great Lakes Congressional
Breakfast and Issues Briefing.  Senator Herbert Kohl (D-WI) and Rep.
Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) will be featured speakers at the breakfast.  The
issues briefing will include presentations by region-based experts on
environmental protection and research priorities, Great Lakes maritime
issues, and resource management initiatives.

      The breakfast on March 23 will begin at 8:00 am in room B-339 of
the Rayburn House Office Building.  The issues briefing will run from
10:00 am to 12:00 noon in room SC-5 of the U.S. Capitol.

      CONTACT:  Rochelle Sturtevant at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-1211).


SMART GROWTH DOCUMENTARY
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      The Senate Smart Growth Task Force, the Sprawl Watch
Clearinghouse, and the House Sustainable Development Caucus on
Tuesday, March 21, are hosting a showing of the award-winning
documentary, SUBDIVIDE AND CONQUER:  A MODERN WESTERN.  The broadcast,
which was heralded at the 1999 Telluride Mountain Film Festival, shows
how sprawl impacts peoples' lives and what some people are doing to
change the way we grow.  Narrated by Dennis Weaver, SUBDIVIDE AND
CONQUER explores the consequences of sprawl, and it highlights places
where sound public policy and good land use planning have advanced
smart growth.

      The showing on Tuesday, March 21, will begin at 12:45 pm in room
385 of the Russell Senate Office Building.  After the one-hour film,
the producers, Jeff Gersh and Chelsea Congden, will be available to
discuss the subject and take questions.

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


BROWNFIELD APPROPRIATIONS
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      The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions are
spearheading letters supporting brownfield reuse programs.  Ten
senators last week -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), Jim Jeffords (R-
VT), Mike DeWine (R-OH), Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Patrick Leahy (D-
VT), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Charles Schumer (D-
NY), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Arlen Specter (R-PA) -- sent a letter to
appropriators requesting $91 million for brownfield programs at the
Environmental Protection Agency and $50 million for those at the
Department of Housing and Urban Development.  A bipartisan group of
nine members is leading the House letter, which has a closing date of
Wednesday, March 22.

      CONTACT:  Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-8636).


ENERGY EFFICIENCY
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      Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), Marty Meehan (D-
MA), Jack Quinn (R-NY) are circulating a letter urging appropriators
to increase funding for energy efficiency programs.  Recent price
spikes have demonstrated yet again that the regional and national
economies remain vulnerable to petroleum market volatility.  These
events also underscore the need for funding energy efficiency
initiatives and the Energy Information Administration, which has cut
its oil-and-gas budget by approximately 50 percent over the past five
years.

      The letter requests $175 million for the Weatherization
Assistance Program, $44 million for the State Energy Program, $184
million for the Department of Energy's Office of Industrial
Technologies, $115 million for DOE's buildings programs, and $76.6
million for the Energy Information Administration (including a $2-
million supplement to increase petroleum analysis, improve the quality
of oil data, and expand forecasts to regional levels).  The letter's
deadline is Friday, March 24.

      CONTACT:  Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-8636).


SMART GROWTH AND REGIONAL COUNCILS
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      The Senate Smart Growth Task Force and the House Sustainable
Development Caucus on Monday, March 20, are hosting a briefing on how
regional councils coordinate the planning and delivery of federal and
state government programs that require regional strategies to advance
smart growth.  Representatives of the National Association of Regional
Councils will describe their efforts across the country to coordinate
regional responses to sprawl and open space preservation.  The hour-
long briefing will begin at 2:00 pm in room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

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


SEA LAMPREY CONTROL
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      Rep. Jim Barcia (D-MI) is leading a dear colleague letter urging
appropriators to support the Great Lakes Fishery Commission's work on
control technologies for sea lampreys.  The $12 million proposed in
the president's budget for fiscal 2001 will enable the Commission to
reduce the economic threat of the sea lamprey and to implement
alternative sea lamprey control techniques.  Since its introduction as
a non-native species, the sea lamprey has caused extensive damage to
the fisheries of the Great Lakes.  The closing date of the letter is
Wednesday, March 22.

      CONTACT:  Hans Hess with Rep. Barcia (226-8743).


ENDOCRINE DISRUPTERS
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      Reps. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Franks (R-NJ), Sherwood Boehlert
(R-NY), and Thomas Barrett (D-WI) are seeking cosigners on a letter
urging appropriators to provide $24.4 million for the Endocrine
Disrupter Screening Program (EDSP) and endocrine disrupter research.
The letter has been endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund and the
Chemical Manufacturers Association.  The letter's deadline is
Thursday, March 23.

      CONTACT:  Lara Levinson with Rep. Brown (225-3401) or Jennifer
Getz with Rep. Franks (225-5361).


JOB OPENING -- ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute is looking for a research
assistant to focus on sustainable development issues associated with
the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The individual will support the work of a
senior policy analyst who interacts closely with bipartisan task
forces of House and Senate members.  The research assistant will focus
on several projects, including the organization of a conference and
trade show on prevention of invasive species invasions, as well as a
study on the economic benefits of cleaning up contaminated sediments.
The individual also will provide administrative support -- i.e., list
maintenance, meeting logistics -- for the senior policy analyst.

      More details about the job are posted on the Institute's web site
-- http://www.nemw.org/jobs.htm.

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