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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 July 2000



HEADLINES:

Briefing:  Lake Champlain Basin Program
Briefing:  Mercury Reduction Strategies
Conference:  Northern Forests


BRIEFING:  LAKE CHAMPLAIN BASIN PROGRAM
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      Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Monday, July 10, will host a
briefing on the Lake Champlain Basin Program, a watershed partnership
among Vermont, New York, and the Province of Quebec.  Lake Champlain
Basin Program Manager Bill Howland will discuss the goals and
challenges of a multi-state watershed program.  The one-hour briefing
will begin at 11:00 am in room 188 of the Russell Senate Office
Building.

      CONTACT:  Melody Burkins with Senator Leahy (224-4242).


BRIEFING:  MERCURY REDUCTION STRATEGIES
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      The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Wednesday, July
12, will host a briefing on cost-effective strategies to reduce
mercury pollution.  Sixty-eight percent of the nearly 2,000 fish
consumption advisories last year were due to mercury contamination.
This briefing will feature experts from the New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and
Environmental Law Institute.  They will be discussing upstream or
source reduction strategies for reducing releases of mercury to the
environment.  The enormous gap between the price of mercury -- $2 a
pound -- and the costs of reducing mercury from wastes after it has
entered the waste stream -- from $500 to $3,000 a pound -- indicates
the importance of a source reduction strategy.

      The one-hour briefing on July 12 will begin at 11:00 am in room
HC-7 of the U.S. Capitol.  Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) will moderate the
session and discuss congressional efforts to reduce mercury pollution.

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


CONFERENCE:  NORTHERN FORESTS
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      The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on August 10-11 is
organizing a retreat in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest
for congressional staff and agency experts to review present and
future plans for Region 9 of the U.S. Forest Service, which includes
northeastern and midwestern states.  Because of the increased national
interest in outdoor recreation, special emphasis at this meeting will
be given to the Forests' fish, wildlife, and recreation funding
levels.

      CONTACT:  Olwen Huxley with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).

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