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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 30 July 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Briefing:  Agriculture and Smart Growth
*  Briefing:  Mercury and Utilities
*  Briefing:  Energy Legislation
*  Briefing:  Coastal Programs
*  Report:  Governors' Smart Growth Initiatives
*  Report:  Brownfields in the 107th Congress
*  Letter:  Lock at Sault Ste. Marie
*  New Staff


AGRICULTURE AND SMART GROWTH
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     The House Livable Communities Task Force and Senate Smart Growth
Task Force on Monday, July 30, are hosting a briefing on agricultural
sustainability and smart growth, focusing on how to save urban-
influenced farmland.  Reauthorization of the Farm Bill could provide
greater support for agriculture and environmental conservation
programs, urban agriculture and forestry, and farmland protection.
Speakers will include representatives from American Farmland Trust,
USDA, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Maryland Rural
Legacy Program.

     The July 30 briefing will begin at 3:30 pm in room 406 Dirksen
Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Heather Smith with the Senate Smart Growth Task Force
(224-5141).


MERCURY AND UTILITIES
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     The Northeast Midwest Institute and Environmental Council of the
States on Tuesday, July 31, will host a briefing on mercury and
utilities, focusing on current control technologies and multi-
pollutant strategies.

     President Bush's National Energy Plan calls for mandatory
reductions in SO2, NOx, and mercury.  The Environmental Protection
Agency plans to finalize mercury regulations for utility boilers by
2004.  How will these reductions be achieved?  Bush's plan highlights
two midwestern utilities that are demonstrating promising control
technologies.  The briefing will feature these utilities and the
vendors of the technologies, along with other experts, discussing
multi-pollutant control technology options for the utility industry.

     The July 31 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm in room
406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Represented will be
FirstEnergy (serving Ohio and Pennsylvania) and Cinergy (serving Ohio,
Kentucky, and Indiana); the technologies of Powerspan,
Babcock&Wilcox/McDermott, and ADA Environmental Solutions (all
achieving ~90 percent mercury reductions); EPA, the Institute of Clean
Air Companies, and Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use
Management.

     CONTACT:  Matt Little at the Northeast Midwest Institute (464-
4004).


ENERGY LEGISLATION
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     The Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition on Tuesday, July
31, will hold a briefing on the emerging energy bill.  Staff from the
four authorizing committees – Science, Energy and Commerce, Resources,
and Ways and Means – will give brief presentations on the sections of
the energy legislation for which they are responsible, as well as
answer questions from congressional staff on ANWR, CAFÉ standards,
LIHEAP, research, and other topics.

     The July 31 briefing will begin at 9:00 am in room 2456 of the
Rayburn House Office Building.

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


COASTAL PROGRAMS
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     The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Region 3) on Tuesday, July 31,
will brief congressional staff on three of the agency's national
programs that are of particular importance to the Great Lakes.  F&WS
officials will explain how their Coastal Program, Landowner Incentives
Program, and Joint Ventures Program can be utilized in the region.
The July 31 briefing will begin at 10:00 am in room SC-6 of the U.S.
Capitol.

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


GOVERNORS' SMART GROWTH INITIATIVES
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     A newly-revised Northeast-Midwest report summarizes governors'
statements and initiatives to promote smart growth development, foster
economic vitality, preserve natural resources, and enhance the quality
of life.  These state efforts include supporting brownfield
redevelopment, expanding transportation options, and protecting open
space.  The report is available at www.nemw.org/Gov_sgi.pdf.

     CONTACT:  Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


BROWNFIELDS IN THE 107TH CONGRESS
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     A new Northeast-Midwest table examines the leading proposals in
the 107th Congress to spur brownfield redevelopment.  The table
compares measures within the Senate-passed bill (S. 350) and
provisions advanced by Republicans and Democrats on the House Energy
and Commerce Committee.  The table is available at
www.nemw.org/BF107bills.pdf.

     CONTACTS:  Charles Bartsch and Rachel Deane at the Northeast-
Midwest Institute (544-5200).


LOCK AT SAULT STE. MARIE
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     The Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter that asks
appropriators to fund the construction of a larger "Poe"-sized lock at
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  The navigation project has been supported
by a variety of interests throughout the Great Lakes region.  The
House and Senate Energy & Water bills both allocate $1.5 million to
complete the project's design phase, but task force members had
requested a total of $5 million, including funds for construction.
The deadline for member signature is Friday, July 27.

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


NEW STAFF
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     Dan Wrinn has joined the Northeast-Midwest Institute's
agriculture policy project.  The policy analyst will help promote a
more sustainable future for agricultural activity and food production
in the United States.  For several years, Dan was the governmental
affairs representative for Ducks Unlimited, Inc, where he worked with
members of Congress and staff to garner support for several
conservation programs in the impending Farm Bill.

     CONTACT:  Dan Wrinn at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).