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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 22 October 2001
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H I G H L I G H T S
Site Redesigned and Augmented
to requests from the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions, the Bush
Administration last week agreed to increase allocations within the second
continuing resolution (CR) for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance
Program (LIHEAP). As much as $750 million has been allotted in the
CR for the first quarter of fiscal 2002; Northeast-Midwest states will
receive the following amounts, which match their first quarter
Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Paul Wellstone (D-MN), and Edward
Kennedy (D-MA) also are asking Senate leaders to include in the economic
stimulus package language calling for the immediate release of the $300
million provided for LIHEAP in the fiscal 2001 supplemental act, as well
as emergency fiscal 2002 LIHEAP funding to help low-income families
affected by the slowing economy.
Sarri with the
Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606) and
Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).
CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT REMEDIATION
The Northeast-Midwest Institute has received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office for an economic valuation project in Waukegan Harbor, Illinois. The project will analyze the economic impact of contaminated sediment remediation and associated waterfront improvements. The Institute will work with local community members to guide the study, and it will report periodically to the community on the project’s progress.
CONTACT: Jessica Taverna at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).
WEB SITE REDESIGNED AND AUGMENTED
The Northeast-Midwest Institute recently renovated its web site. Drop-down menus have been added to nearly 100 pages in order to facilitate navigation of the site. A site search tool also has been added to assist users in their research efforts.
A new Agriculture page provides frequently updated farm bill information, with a focus on conservation, as well as links to summaries of related Northeast-Midwest briefings, recent reports, and sustainable agriculture resources. A new Rural Development page provides links to reports and contacts for rural issues, including education, health, housing, and infrastructure.
The Brownfields and Forests pages have been extensively revised to include additional policy and background information. A new Transportation page has sprouted from the Transportation & Trade page. It includes a “primer” on transportation legislation, as well as coverage of transportation issues by mode.
All the above sections can be accessed from the “Policy Studies” drop-down menu on the Northeast-Midwest home page: http://www.nemw.org.
The U.S. Forest Service is leading a collaborative effort of 12 federal agencies to produce the first National Report on Sustainable Forests. That report is part of an ongoing process for improving U.S. forest conditions, providing a benchmark for assessing future progress.
Although the final U.S. document is not due for submission until 2003, a draft will be available for review by summer 2002. To review the report outline and comment on line, see http://www.fs.fed.us/sustained/index.html. For further information on sustainable forest management, see the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s web site -- http://www.nemw.org/forests.htm.
CONTACT: Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).