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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 19 February 2001



H E A D L I N E S

*  Economic Valuation of Environmental Benefits
*  Electricity Deregulation Briefing
*  Governors and Smart Growth
*  Brownfield Legislation
*  Smart Growth
*  Profiting from Subsidized Power
*  LIHEAP and Weatherization Allocations
*  Job Opening


ECONOMIC VALUATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will publish Revealing
the Economic Value of Protecting the Great Lakes.  This joint project
between the Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) offers a guidebook for performing economic
analysis of environmental benefits.  Resource economists from the
Great Lakes region and Washington contributed the chapters, which
outline the various methods and tools for analysis, as well as
provide detailed case studies.  The 247-page guidebook is intended
for use by policymakers, academics, and environmental advocates.
While an outline will be available next week on the Institute's web
site, the full book can be ordered from the Institute for $25, plus
$5 for shipping.

     CONTACTS:  Allegra Cangelosi and Jessica Taverna at the
Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


ELECTRICITY DEREGULATION BRIEFING
---------------------------------
     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Wednesday,
February 21, will host a briefing on electricity deregulation in the
region, and why California's current energy crisis is the exception
rather than the rule.  The briefing's second part will focus on this
winter's natural gas price spike.  Presenters will be from the
Congressional Research Service.

     The February 21 briefing will begin at 10:00 am in room 2456 of
the Rayburn House Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-9497).


GOVERNORS AND SMART GROWTH
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     The Institute this week also will release a new report on what
governors are doing to promote smart growth -- development that
fosters economic vitality, preserves natural resources, and enhances
the quality of life.  Each governor approaches growth and development
issues based on unique state characteristics, including political
culture, historic attitudes about land use, economic and
environmental conditions, and existing planning laws.  The report's
summaries -- available at http://www.nemw.org/Gov_sgi.pdf -- provide
an overview of the current governors' growth-related statements and
initiatives.

     CONTACT:  Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


BROWNFIELD LEGISLATION
----------------------
     Senators Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Robert Smith (R-NH), Harry Reid
(D-NV), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) last week reintroduced the
Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act (S.
350).  An identical bill in the 106th Congress garnered 66 cosponsors.
The Superfund Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works
Committee will hold a hearing on the bill on February 27.

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute's summary of brownfield
legislation from the past Congress can be accessed on
http://www.nemw.org/brownfields.htm.

     CONTACT:  Charlie Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


SMART GROWTH
------------
     Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jim Jeffords (R-VT), co-chairs of
the Senate Smart Growth Task Force, are seeking signatures on letters
to the Bush Administration about opportunities for the federal
government to advance smart growth.  The letters go to Interior
Secretary Gale Norman, Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, and
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman.

     CONTACT:  Kristen Sarri with Sen. Levin (224-6221).


PROFITING FROM SUBSIDIZED POWER
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     Several House members are asking the Energy Secretary to review
the enormous profits being made by aluminum companies in the Pacific
Northwest reselling electricity from the Bonneville Power
Administration, a federal utility.  Aluminum firms are expected to
make at least $1.8 billion by reselling their taxpayer-subsidized
electricity.  More information on Bonneville abuses can be found at
http://www.nemw.org/energy_coalition.htm#utility.

     CONTACT:  Warren Gunnels with Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).


LIHEAP AND WEATHERIZATION ALLOCATIONS
-------------------------------------
     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is preparing state-by-state
tables with the most recent data on funding allocations for the Low
Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Weatherization Program.
Those tables will be available on Tuesday, February 20, at:
http://www.nemw.org/energy_coalition.htm.

     CONTACT:  Matt Kane at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (313/582-
6244).


JOB OPENING
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a
research/legislative assistant to help legislative staff advance
issues on Capitol Hill.  The staffer will help circulate Dear
Colleague letters and arrange logistics for briefings.  In addition
to such administrative tasks, the research/legislative assistant will
help senior staff develop economic and environmental issues important
to the region.  A more detailed job description is available at
http://www.nemw.org/job.htm.