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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 9 October 2000



HEADLINES:

*  Brownfield Conference and Surveys
*  Combined Heat and Power Workshop
*  Eastern Forest Funding Slashed
*  Site Visit to Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant
*  GAO to Investigate BPA Profiteering
*  Energy Appropriations Increased
*  High Fuel Costs and Low-Income Families


BROWNFIELD CONFERENCE AND SURVEYS
---------------------------------
      The Environmental Protection Agency's fifth annual brownfield
conference will take place in Atlantic City from October 11 to 13.
More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the dozens of sessions
focusing on the economic, legal, social, land use, and environmental
issues associated with brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.
Northeast-Midwest staff will make a series of presentations on
brownfield financing, state program initiatives, and the role of Risk-
Based Corrective Action (RBCA) in land-use decision making.

      The Northeast-Midwest Institute also will release its third
BROWNFIELDS STATE OF THE STATES, which provides information on
voluntary cleanup programs and financing incentives, as well as state
contact information and data on eligible contaminants, cleanup
standards, and institutional controls.  The expanded survey of state
programs will be available at http://www.nemw.org/brown_stateof.pdf.
The Institute recently released an updated listing of federal
brownfield legislative proposals, available at
http://www.nemw.org/brownleg.pdf.

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


COMBINED HEAT AND POWER WORKSHOP
--------------------------------
      The U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association on October 12-13
will sponsor a national conference in Baltimore in order to develop an
action plan that would double the amount of combined heat and power
technology (CHP) in use in the U.S. by 2010.  This workshop follows up
on a September 1999 CHP vision statement 
(http://www.nemw.org/uschpa/).  The Northeast-Midwest Institute is helping 
to organize the workshop and will lead tutorial on means to advance 
CHP-supportive policies.

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


EASTERN FOREST FUNDING SLASHED
------------------------------
      Northeast-Midwest Coalition members are preparing to protest the
Interior Appropriations conference report's inaction on behalf of
Forest Service Region 9 (the northeast and midwestern forests) and its
heavy tilt towards western forests.  The data, obtained by running the
conference appropriations through the existing formula by which the
Forest Service divides appropriations among the regions, gives an
extremely unhealthy result for the Eastern Region, which already has
absorbed consistent budget reductions since the formula was first
instituted in 1995.  Examples of the impact of this year's inequitable
distribution include:  1) the fish and wildlife management account
would receive a 12 percent boost nationally, but only a 1 percent
increase for Region 9; 2) Western and southern forests, unlike Region
9, would obtain additional funds to account for mandatory federal
salary hikes; 3) The recreation account would rise 13 percent
nationally, but would be flat for Region 9; 4) Timber program funding
would increase 9 percent nationally, but would fall 9 percent in
Region 9.

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


SITE VISIT TO BLUE PLAINS WASTEWATER PLANT
------------------------------------------
      The Northeast-Midwest Institute on October 18 is arranging a tour
for congressional staff and others of the Blue Plains Wastewater
Treatment Plant, located in Southeast Washington, D.C.  Leaving from
Capitol Hill at 10:00 am, this field trip will allow staff to learn
first-hand about the large-scale facilities that treat our cities'
sewage and stormwater runoff.  It will highlight challenges associated
with wastewater and non-point source water treatment, topics that will
re-appear soon on the legislative calendar.

      CONTACT:  Olwen Huxley to save a space and arrange for
transportation (544-5200).


GAO TO INVESTIGATE BPA PROFITEERING
-----------------------------------
      Reps. Bob Franks and Marty Meehan (D-MA), co-chairs of the
Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, last week asked the U.S.
General Accounting Office to audit the Bonneville Power
Administration's profiteering sales into the tight California
electricity market.
Although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, California Public
Utilities Commission, and California Attorney-General's Office are
conducting separate investigations into the activities of firms
selling power into the California market, these agencies have no
authority to review BPA's actions.  Even according to Bonneville
officials, the agency's profits early this year from the sale of
electricity outside the Northwest at market prices will exceed $500
million, and its cash reserves will top $1 billion.

      CONTACT:  Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


ENERGY APPROPRIATIONS INCREASED
-------------------------------
      The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions have secured increased funding
for several energy-related programs in the Interior conference bill.
Regional provisions include:  $8 million for the Northeast Home
Heating Oil Reserve; $153 million for Weatherization; $38 million for
the State Energy Program; $75.67 million for the Energy Information
Administration; $174 million for the Office of Industrial
Technologies.

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


HIGH FUEL COSTS AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES
---------------------------------------
      The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
last week held a hearing on how higher fuel costs are hurting low-
income families.  Several Northeast-Midwest Coalition members --
Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Paul Wellstone (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-
ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mike DeWine (R-OH), and Christopher Dodd (D-CT)
-- urged the administration and appropriators to increase funding for
the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to $1.65
billion for fiscal 2001 and 2002.  Hearing testimonies can be found at
http://labor.senate.gov/hearings/oct00hrg/100300wit/100300wit.htm.

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

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