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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 7 May 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Northeast-Midwest's 25th Anniversary
*  Briefing on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
*  Briefing on Electricity Interconnections
*  Job Opening:  Brownfield Research Assistant


NORTHEAST-MIDWEST'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
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      The Northeast-Midwest groups on Wednesday, May 9, will celebrate
their 25th anniversary at a reception in the U.S. Capitol.  Speaking
will be the co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest House and Senate
Coalitions -- Sens. James Jeffords (R-VT) and Jack Reed (D-RI), and
Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Jack Quinn (R-NY).

      When the Coalitions and the Northeast-Midwest Institute were
founded in the mid-1970's, the Northeast-Midwest region was being
less-than-affectionately referred to as the "rust belt."  Factories
were closing, unemployment was high, pollution was setting rivers on
fire, and infrastructure was crumbling.  The Northeast and Midwest
have made remarkable turnarounds in all those areas during the last
quarter century, though the region still faces challenges.

      CONTACT:  Dyan McCray at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


BRIEFING ON TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS
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      The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, co-chaired by Reps.
Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), on Monday, May 7, will
host a briefing on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), asking the
question how much pollution can a river hold.

      A TMDL is the amount of a pollutant that a body of water can receive
and still meet water quality standards.  The Clean Water Act imposes
several TMDL-related requirements upon the states, and tasks EPA with
enforcing these requirements.  In recent years, TMDLs have become one
of our nation's most controversial water quality issues.

      Speakers will include representatives of the Environmental
Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, America's Clean Water
Foundation, and the Interstate Commission for the Potomac River Basin.
The May 7 briefing will begin at 11:00 am in room 2237 of the Rayburn
House Office Building.

      CONTACTS:  Amber Nightingale with Rep. Scott (225-8351) or Sally
McGee with Rep. Gilchrest (225-5311).


BRIEFING ON ELECTRICITY INTERCONNECTIONS
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      The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Tuesday, May 8, will host a
briefing on how interconnection standards can advance combined heat
and power (CHP) and other innovative electricity technologies.
Participants will review draft legislation that would enable modern
systems to connect with the utility grid, thereby enhancing efficiency
and productivity.  The one-hour session will begin on 8 May at 10:30
am in room HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

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


JOB OPENING:  BROWNFIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute wants to hire a research
assistant to work with its brownfield/smart growth team.  The research
assistant will support senior policy analysts, as well as complete
surveys and case studies associated with the cleanup of brownfield
sites.  The position's salary will be up to $30,000, and health and
other benefits are provided.  Send resumes to dickmunson@nemw.org.


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