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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 18 June 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Job Opening:  Legislative Director
*  Job Opening:  Environment/Agriculture Policy Analyst
*  Combined Heat and Power
*  Brownfield Redevelopment Incentives Act
*  Endocrine Disruptors
*  Upcoming Events


JOB OPENING:  LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR
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     The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition is seeking a legislative
director to help the bipartisan caucus advance economic development
and environmental issues important to the region.  The legislative
director will operate out of a co-chair's Senate office but will
coordinate closely with all Coalition members.  Congressional
experience is required, as are strong outreach skills, knowledge of a
wide array of economic and environmental issues, and a proven ability
to work well with diverse interest groups.  A more detailed job
description is posted at www.nemw.org/job.htm.


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 www.nemw.org/job.htm.


COMBINED HEAT AND POWER
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     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.

     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.

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


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).


ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS
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     Reps. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Vernon
Ehlers (R-MI), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are circulating a letter in
support of fiscal 2002 appropriations for the Endocrine Disruptor
Screening Program.  Our current knowledge of how chemicals and
endocrine (hormone) systems interact, particularly in low/chronic
doses, is not sufficient to make choices regarding the limitation,
banning, or acquittal of suspected chemicals.  Developmental
disorders, behavioral problems, and cancers have been attributed to
the persistence of chemicals in the environment, but we need a
systematic, scientific, and authoritative means to confirm or deny
suspects.  Deadline for signatures is Friday June 22nd.

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


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.