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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 15 May 2000



HEADLINES:
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* Economists Critique Upper Mississippi Navigation Study
* Breakfast Briefing on Power Parks and Electric Reliability
* Luncheon Launching of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force
* Report on Brownfields and Housing
* Lawmakers Support Trade Adjustment Assistance Program


ECONOMISTS CRITIQUE UPPER MISSISSIPPI NAVIGATION STUDY
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Thursday, May 18, will release
a report from three independent economists on the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers' Upper Mississippi/Illinois River Navigation Study.  Noting
the controversy with the Corps' study, the Institute in late 1999
asked the panel to review the adequacy and quality of the Corps'
assumptions and analysis.  The panel includes Professors Steven Berry
(Yale University), Geoffrey Hewings (University of Illinois), and
Charles Leven (Washington University)  experts on the economics of
trade and transportation issues who were not affiliated with any of
the stakeholders in the controversy.

      The economists were provided all public information associated
with the Corps's study.  The Northeast-Midwest Institute also
organized a workshop on December 9, 1999, to enable the economists to
hear from and question various stakeholders who had observations about
the inputs, assumptions, and model used in the Corps navigation study.
Testifying at the workshop were representatives of the Corps,
navigation industry, agriculture groups, and environmental
organizations.  It should be noted that the workshop was held well
before whistleblower accusations against the Corps, which have made
the navigation study even more controversial.

      The economists' report will be released  and posted on the
Institute's web site (www.nemw.org)  on Thursday, May 18.  Reporters
and congressional staff can obtain embargoed copies on Wednesday
morning by contacting George Dusenbury at the Institute (544-5200 or
mailto:gdusenbury@nemw.org).  Reporters also can participate in a Wednesday
afternoon Q&A conference call with the economists.


BRIEFING ON POWER PARKS:
ELECTRIC RELIABILITY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
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      The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Wednesday, May
17, will host a Capitol Hill briefing on how power parks, using
innovative energy technologies, can enhance local economic development
and improve the electric grid's reliability.

      In order to provide reliable electricity, attract new industry,
create jobs, and curtail sprawl in urban areas, communities must
obtain power while addressing air quality concerns, especially in
those areas of the Northeast and Midwest with serious ozone levels.
One approach emerging in key states is the concept of power parks 
real estate developments with collections of distributed, on-site,
energy generation joined by a mini-grid and often by a district energy
loop.

      Speaking at the event will be Tom Casten, co-founder of Trigen
Energy Corporation, the world's leading developer of urban and
industrial energy systems; Steven Greenberg, chief operating officer
of Intergy Solstice Group, which built a power park in Pleasanton, CA;
Charles Budd, director of strategic initiatives for Unicom, which is
developing distributed energy resources in Chicago; and Dan Reicher,
assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

      The briefing will begin on Wednesday, May 17, at 10:00 am, in
room EF-100 of the U.S. Capitol.  Refreshments will be served.

      CONTACT:  Suzanne Watson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


LUNCHEON LAUNCHING OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED TASK FORCE
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      Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) on Thursday,
May 18, will host a kick-off luncheon for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Task Force.  The bipartisan caucus will enable the region's delegation
to work together on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay.

      In addition to Task Force members, speakers at the luncheon will
be EPA Deputy Administrator Mike McCabe and representatives of the
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program, and NOAA's
Chesapeake Bay Office.

      The event will begin on Thursday, May 18, at 1:00 pm in room EF-
100 of the U.S. Capitol.  Lunch will be served.

      CONTACTS:  Sally McGee with Rep. Gilchrest (225-5311) and Olwen
Huxley with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


REPORT ON BROWNFIELDS AND HOUSING
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release a report
that surveys how state voluntary cleanup programs are encouraging
residential development.  Prepared for the National Association of
Homebuilders, the report shows wide variation in how states address
site contamination, the extent and form of public participation they
require, and their cleanup standards and institutional controls on
land uses.

      The report is available directly from the Institute's home page at 
http://www.nemw.org.

      CONTACTS:  Charles Bartsch and Bridget Dorfman at the Northeast-
Midwest Institute (544-5200).


LAWMAKERS SUPPORT TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
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      Last week, Reps. Amo Houghton (R-NY) and Richard Neal (D-MA),
along with 40 other Northeast-Midwest members, asked appropriators to
provide $18 million for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) centers.
The TAA centers  provide technical assistance to companies that have
been impacted adversely by opening trade markets.  Since 1994, TAA has
saved and/or created 62,093 jobs nationwide, providing a return on
federal investment of 261 percent to 348 percent.

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

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