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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 2 April 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Manufacturing Research and Development
*  Brownfields 101
*  Energy Information and Regional Price Forecasts
*  Drilling for Oil and Gas Under the Great Lakes
*  Smart Growth
*  LIHEAP Appropriations
*  Agriculture and Natural Resources Funding
*  Emergency Energy Assistance for Small Businesses
*  Future Briefings


MANUFACTURING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
--------------------------------------
      The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Monday, April 2, will host a
briefing on how U.S. technological improvements in manufacturing
production processes have fallen behind international competitors,
particularly in basic processes that are the most energy intensive and
polluting.  The briefing will highlight how the Office of Industrial
Technologies, in partnership with industry, is accelerating the
research, development, commercialization, and deployment of the next
generation of production-process technologies.  The Department of
Energy program leverages private capital, engages the talent and
abilities of scientists and engineers in federal laboratories and
universities, and, most importantly, encourages and builds on industry
leadership.

      The hour-long briefing on April 2 will begin at 3:30 pm in SC-5
of the U.S. Capitol.

      CONTACT:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


BROWNFIELDS 101
---------------
      The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Monday, April 2,
will host a briefing for House staffers on the cleanup and reuse of
brownfields.  Since many staff have raised basic questions about
liability, financing, and infill development options, this "Brownfield
101" tutorial will address these issues and provide basic information.

      The brownfield briefing will begin on April 2 at 10:30 am in room
2456 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

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


ENERGY INFORMATION AND REGIONAL PRICE FORECASTS
-----------------------------------------------
      The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Thursday, April 5, will host
a briefing by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the
region's energy reliance, its supply and distribution channels, and
its vulnerability to price spikes.  The session will pay particular
attention to trends in gas prices for this summer.  EIA also will
provide state-level energy profiles for each northeastern and
midwestern state.

      EIA's state-level data is unique.  Unfortunately, without an
increase in its budget to upgrade the quality of this data, EIA will
begin dismantling its state-level information that policymakers rely
on.

      The April 5 briefing will begin at 9:00 am in room 430 of the
Dirksen Senate Office Building.  A continental breakfast will be
provided.

      CONTACT:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


DRILLING FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS UNDER THE GREAT LAKES
------------------------------------------------------
      The Great Lakes Task Forces on Friday, April 6, will host a
briefing on proposals to drill under the Great Lakes for oil and
natural gas.  Directional/slant drilling technology has made it
possible to reach energy reserves that were considered inaccessible
20-30 years ago, but oil and natural gas production near the waters of
the Great Lakes raises a variety of environmental and community
concerns.  Recently, legislation was introduced (H.R. 1032) to
prohibit any drilling for oil and gas under the waters of the Great
Lakes. This briefing will provide information about the pros and cons
of directional drilling in the region.

      Speakers will represent the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality, Lake Michigan Federation, Office of Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI),
and American Petroleum Institute

      The April 6 briefing will run from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in
room 188 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

      CONTACT:  Elizabeth Mountz with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-
0866).


SMART GROWTH
------------
      Senators Max Cleland (D-GA), Jim Jeffords (R-VT), and Carl Levin
(D-MI) are seeking co-sponsors for a Sense of the Senate Resolution
supporting the consideration of smart growth when making appropriation
and revenue decisions.  The resolution recognizes that unplanned
growth often has negative consequences for traffic congestion, as well
as air and water quality in communities across the country.

      CONTACTS:  Tom Taggart with Sen. Cleland (224-3521) and Heather
Smith with Sen. Jeffords (224-5141).


LIHEAP APPROPRIATIONS
---------------------
      Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of
the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are seeking signatures on an
appropriations letter supporting the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
Program (LIHEAP).  The letter asks for $3 billion in regular fiscal
2002 funding and $3 billion in advance fiscal 2003 funding.  Noting
that natural gas bills have soared 70-75 percent this past winter, the
senators write, "We believe that a 27.4 percent, and growing, increase
in LIHEAP caseloads demonstrates that the funding need has never been
greater."

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


AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCE FUNDING
----------------------------------------
      Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Jim Jeffords (R-VT), and Patrick Leahy
(D-VT), along with over 20 other senators, last week asked that the
budget resolution include a significant funding increase for the
agriculture and natural resource functions.  The letter advocates
greater funding for conservation, research, forestry, and rural
development, in addition to traditional agriculture support programs.
In anticipation of the next Farm Bill, bolstered funding would provide
Congress the greatest flexibility in developing new farm programs.

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


EMERGENCY ENERGY ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
------------------------------------------------
      The Senate on March 26 approved the Small Business Energy
Emergency Act (S. 295) that will assist small businesses during times
of energy price spikes.  The bill authorizes emergency relief --
through low-interest Small Business Administration disaster loans --
to small firms adversely affected by significant increases in the
price of heating oil, propane, and kerosene.

      CONTACTS:  Patty Forbes or Kevin Wheeler with Sen. Kerry (224-
8496).


FUTURE BRIEFINGS
----------------
April 11  Housing and Smart Growth; 1:00 pm in 430 Dirksen Senate
           Office Building

April 12  Electricity 101; 12:30 pm in HC-7 of the U.S. Capitol.

April 12  Millennium Pipeline; 2:00 pm in SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

April 17  Electricity Infrastructure; time and place to be announced.

April 19  Water Levels in the Great Lakes; 9:30 am in 188 Russell
           Senate Office Bldg.

April 20  Steamgauging on the Nation's Waters; 2:00 pm in HC-6 of the
           U.S. Capitol.

April 23  Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs); 10:00 am in HC-6 of the
           Capitol.

April 23  Hypoxia and the Mississippi River; 3:00 pm in HC-6 of the
           Capitol.

April 27  Flow of Federal Funds; time and place to be announced.

May 9     25th Anniversary Reception for Northeast-Midwest
           Organizations.


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