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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 16 July 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Southerners and Westerners Attack LIHEAP Formula
*  Briefing on Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Rural Development
*  Briefing on Superfund's Future
*  Briefing on Contaminated Sediments
*  Letter on Persistent Organize Pollutants
*  Report on Energy and Transportation
*  Upcoming Briefings


SOUTHERNERS AND WESTERNERS ATTACK LIHEAP FORMULA
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     Southern and western lawmakers last week launched attacks on the
allocation formula associated with the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP) during the markup by the House Energy and
Air Quality Subcommittee of the Energy Advancement and Conservation
Act of 2001, a diverse package of energy-related measures.

     An amendment proposed by Rep. Charles Pickering (D-MS) would
have maintained the proposed authorization increase of $3.4 billion,
but it would have allocated funds solely on the basis of household
poverty rates in each state instead of the currently-accepted formula
that accounts for weather.  Such a change would hurt northeastern and
midwestern households severely.  Another amendment, proposed by Rep.
Christopher Cox (R-CA), would have limited the authorization to $2.0
billion, as well as adjusted the allocation formula.  Although the
amendments were withdrawn because of opposition, something similar
will likely appear before the full House Energy and Commerce
Committee.

     A chart on the state-by-state implications of the Pickering
amendment is available at www.nemw.org/LIHEAP_Pickering.htm.

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


BRIEFING ON AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
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     The Northeast Midwest Coalitions on Monday, July 16, are
sponsoring a briefing on the innovative marketing, enterprise, and
economic development options that could help to revitalize
agricultural communities by enabling them to capture a greater share
of food and agriculture system profit.  Thriving small- and moderate-
sized family farms promote healthy rural communities and good
stewardship of the land, while creating jobs, supporting other
businesses, and producing food and fiber.

     Scheduled speakers include representatives of the National
Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, Winrock International,
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, and Center for
Rural Affairs.  The July 16 briefing will run from 10:00 am until
11:30 am in room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT:  Allen Hance at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (464-
4015).


BRIEFING ON SUPERFUND'S FUTURE
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     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Monday, July 16, will host a
briefing by Resources for the Future (RFF) on its Superfund's Future:
What Will It Cost?
RFF was commissioned by Congress to examine the
annual and cumulative costs of the Superfund program, and to estimate
the Environmental Protection Agency's future costs to implement the
program.  The report finds that there is "no 'ramp-down' ahead in the
cost of running Superfund."

     The briefing for congressional staff will take place on Monday,
July 16, at 2:00 p.m. in room 406 of the Dirksen Senate Office
Building.

     CONTACT:  Kristen Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).


BRIEFING ON CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS
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     The Great Lakes Task Force on Monday, July 23, will sponsor a
briefing on the health and environmental risks associated with
contaminated sediments in the Great Lakes and their tributaries.
Speakers include representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, International Joint Commission, and Lake Michigan Federation.
Staff from the office of Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) will discuss the
Great Lakes Legacy Act (H.R. 1070), which addresses the obstacles
facing contaminated sediment cleanup.

     The July 23 briefing will begin at 10:00 am in room SC-6 of the
U.S. Capitol.

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


LETTER ON PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS
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     Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) are
circulating a letter among their Great Lakes colleagues asking
President Bush to support the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
Treaty.  POPs have been a problem in the Great Lakes region, and the
POPs Treaty calls for the elimination of these dangerous chemicals.
While President Bush has announced his support, this letter urges the
president to transmit the treaty this summer to the Senate for
ratification.

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


REPORT ON ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute has issued a summary of a June
25 congressional briefing on energy and transportation, cosponsored
by the Senate Smart Growth Task Force.  The briefing's five panelists
offered a variety of perspectives on energy and transportation
challenges and potential solutions, addressing the need for
developing and marketing alternative-fueled vehicles, integrating
transit strategies with other community development programs, and
ensuring that transportation systems are considered in local and
regional land-use plans.  The summary is available at
www.nemw.org/SGTransEnergyBrief.htm.

     CONTACT:  Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (464-
4019).


UPCOMING BRIEFINGS
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July 20 - Agricultural economics.  Time and place to be announced.

July 25 - Transportation conformity.  3:00 pm in G-11 Dirksen Senate
          Office Building.

July 26 - Invasive species.  Noon in 2105 Rayburn House Office
          Building.

July 30 - Agriculture and smart growth.  3:00 pm in SC-5 of the U.S.
          Capitol.