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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 11 June 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Briefing:  Marine Transportation Systems
*  Briefing and Letter:  Great Lakes Water Levels
*  Brownfield Redevelopment Incentives Act
*  Combined Heat and Power Advancement Act
*  Sea Grant Funding
*  Conservation and the Farm Bill
*  Community Character Act
*  Post Office Community Partnership Act
*  Endocrine Disruptors
*  Briefing:  Great Lakes Research Center
*  Emerging Wildlife Diseases
*  Job Opening:  Agriculture/Environmental Policy Analyst
*  Upcoming Events


BRIEFING:  MARINE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
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     The Northeast Midwest House Coalition on Monday, June 11, is
sponsoring a briefing on the Marine Transportation System (MTS), the
first in a series of sessions on transportation issues.  MTS consists
of waterways, ports, and intermodal connections that enable the
various modes of transportation for people and goods on water.

     The June 11 briefing will begin at 2:30 pm in room HC-6 of the
Capitol.  Speaking will be representatives from the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Army
Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard, and Maritime Administration.

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


BRIEFING AND LETTER:  GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS
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     The Great Lakes Task Force on Wednesday, June 13, will host a
briefing on water levels in the Great Lakes.  To be examined are the
impact of this summer's projected low water levels on both commercial
and recreational lake users, as well as the possible long-term effects
of climate change on the lake environment.

     The June 13 briefing will begin at 1:30 pm in room SC-4 of the
U.S. Capitol.  Speakers will include representatives from the
International Joint Commission; Army Corps of Engineers; Great Lakes
Environmental Research Laboratory (NOAA); Harrison Marine, Inc.; Great
Lakes National Program Office (EPA); and Center for Environmental
Policy, Economics, and Science.

     Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Carl Levin (D-MI), co-chairs of
the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, are seeking House and Senate co-
signers on a letter asking the Army Corps of Engineers to direct
additional funds to the Great Lakes in order to mitigate the damage
from low-water levels.  The Corps last November informed the Task
Force that it would seek additional funds within its budget.  The
senators note that projects costing more than $9 million could be done
this summer if additional funds are found.

     CONTACTS:  Elizabeth Mountz (224-0866) or Joy Mulinex (224-1211)
with the Great Lakes Task Force.


BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES ACT
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     The Northeast Midwest House Coalition is seeking co-sponsors for
legislation to help finance the cleanup and redevelopment of
brownfields (H.R. 2064). The bill -- advanced by Reps. Jack Quinn (R-
NY), Marty Meehan (D-MA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), and John McHugh (R-NY)
-- would establish new tax incentives and fine-tune several existing
federal programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development,
Economic Development Administration, and Small Business
Administration.  This legislation is not a House iteration of the
Senate brownfields bill, S. 350, which deals with liability and
closure issues.  Rather, its intent is to codify and expand the role
of several federal agencies in brownfields, and to provide additional
funding to clean up these sites.

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


COMBINED HEAT AND POWER
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     The Northeast Midwest Coalitions are seeking co-sponsors for
legislation (H.R. 1945 and S. 933) to promote combined heat and power
(CHP), or cogeneration, a means of generating electricity, heat, and
cooling at efficiency rates more than double that of conventional
technology.  Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY), Marty Meehan (D-MA), Mike Doyle
(D-PA), and Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Senators Jim Jeffords (I-VT),
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Charles
Schumer (D-NY), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the bills to
ensure that CHP systems can interconnect to the electricity grid and
have access to back-up power at reasonable rates. The House bill also
includes a tax incentive to encourage the installation of CHP
technologies.

     The U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association, of which the
Northeast-Midwest Institute is a founding member, is hosting a Capitol
Hill Day on Wednesday, June 27.  A reception for lawmakers and
congressional staff will be held that evening from 5:30 pm until 7:00
pm in the LBJ Room off the Senate floor.

     CONTACTS:  Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-9497) regarding the legislation.  John Jimison with
USCHPA regarding the reception (728-9049) (uschpa@admgt.com).


SEA GRANT FUNDING
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     The Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter asking the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to maintain
adequate funding for its Sea Grant Programs in the Great Lakes.
Although many of those Great Lakes offices are relatively new, the Sea
Grant program is very important for education and outreach in the
region.  The lawmakers want to ensure that NOAA does not overlook the
valuable freshwater resource in the Great Lakes.

     CONTACT:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).


CONSERVATION AND THE FARM BILL
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     Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), Wayne
Gilchrest (R-MD), and Rick Larson (D-WA) are circulating a letter
urging the House Agriculture Committee to make conservation a priority
in the next farm bill.  The deadline for signature is June 13.

     CONTACTS:  Laura Cimo with Rep. Kind (226-8125) or Mark Abdy with
Rep. Boehlert (225-0581).


COMMUNITY CHARACTER ACT
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     Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are
seeking co-sponsors for the Community Character Act (S. 975 and H.R.
1433) that would provide Economic Development Administration grants to
states, multi-state governments, and tribes in order to develop or
update statewide or tribal land use plans and legislation.  The bill
is supported by such groups as the American Planning Association,
National Association of Realtors, and Trust for Public Land.

     CONTACT:  Ted Michaels with Sen. Chafee (224-1049).


POST OFFICE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP ACT
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     Senators Jim Jeffords (I-VT) and Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rep.
Blumenauer are seeking co-sponsors for the Post Office Community
Partnership Act (S. 897 and H.R. 1861) that outlines community contact
procedures for any proposed closing, consolidation, relocation, or
construction of a post office.  The bill would give local governments
and communities a voice in the Postal Service's planning process.

     CONTACT:  Heather Smith with the Senate Smart Growth Task Force
(224-3982).


ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS
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      Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) is seeking co-signers for a
letter supporting $20.3 million for the Endocrine Disruptor Screening
Program (EDSP) and endocrine disruptor research.  The letter supports
the president's fiscal 2002 budget request for the Environmental
Protection Agency that includes $9.0 million for the EDSP and $11.3
million for research, some of which is related to the testing program.

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


BRIEFING:  GREAT LAKES RESEARCH CENTER
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     The Great Lakes Task Force on Thursday, July 14, will host a
briefing on a proposed interagency Great Lakes research center in Ann
Arbor, Michigan.  In order to save money and better coordinate
research efforts, several federal agencies want to build a single
facility.  Speaking will be representatives of the Great Lakes
Commission and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab.

     The June 14 briefing will begin at 9:30 am in room SC-4 of the
U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force  (224-
1211).


EMERGING WILDLIFE DISEASES
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     The U.S. Geological Survey on Tuesday, June 12, will hold a
briefing on emerging wildlife diseases, such as expansion of the West
Nile virus, exotic parasites in Wisconsin coots, bald eagle deaths in
Arkansas and the Southeast, and Bubonic Plague affecting wildlife in
the West.

     The June 12 briefing will begin at 10:00 am in room 192 of the
Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Dr. Robert G. McLean, with the USGS
National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI., will discuss current
USGS investigations on emerging wildlife diseases and other issues of
concern for wildlife managers and public health agencies across the
nation.  

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


JOB OPENING:  ENVIRONMENT/AGRICULTURE POLICY ANALYST
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a policy analyst to
work on agriculture and water resource management issues.  The policy
analyst will assist with two major projects: one focused on river
management issues in the mid-Atlantic region; the other on
agricultural conservation and rural development issues.  Major
responsibilities include analyzing the regional impacts of federal and
state programs, preparing reports and fact sheets, and arranging
policy briefings and workshops.  A more detailed description is posted
at http://www.nemw.org/job.htm.


UPCOMING EVENTS
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* June 25 Briefing on energy efficiency and transportation.  Time
  and place to be announced.
* June 27 Showcase brownfield redevelopment projects.  Time and
  place to be announced.
* June 27 Combined Heat and Power Day on Capitol Hill.  Reception in
  LBJ Room (S-211) begins at 5:30 pm.
* July 26 Briefing with American Fisheries Society on invasive
  species.  Time and place to be announced.
* September 10 Smart growth workshop in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
* September 20-21 International conference and trade show on
  invasive species prevention at the Navy Pier in Chicago.
* September 24-26 Brownfields 2001 conference at McCormick Place in
  Chicago.