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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 4 February 2002



H I G H L I G H T S
 
*  Regional Budget Analysis
*  Clean Air Act 101
*  Senate Coalition Activities
*  Energy and the Farm Bill
 
 
REGIONAL BUDGET ANALYSIS
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute and Coalitions on Monday,
February 4, will release a regional analysis of the president's
fiscal 2003 budget proposal.  That analysis will review the
administration's major initiatives, as well as highlight its
treatment of key regional programs.  The Northeast-Midwest report
will be emailed to regional reporters, House and Senate Coalition
members, and state members of the Institute no later than 5:00 pm on
February 4.
 
     CONTACT:  Matt Kane at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-
5200).
 

CLEAN AIR ACT 101
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     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Friday, February 8, will
host a Capitol Hill seminar on New Source Review (NSR) and multi-
pollutant proposals.  Learn what NSR is and the controversy
surrounding proposals to change the way that older coal-fired power
plants are regulated.  Hear about various multi-pollutant proposals,
including S. 556, a "4-pollutant" bill currently being considered in
the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and a
"3-pollutant" approach being developed by the administration.
 
     Speaking from all sides of the debate will be representatives of
Environment and Energy Analysis, Natural Resources Defense Council,
and Electric Reliability Coordinating Council.   The February 8
briefing will begin at 10:00 am in room SC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.
 
     CONTACT:  Matt Little with the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(464-4004).
 

SENATE COALITION ACTIVITIES
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     A review of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition's efforts
during the first session of the 107th Congress is posted at
http://www.nemw.org/senate107first.pdf.  The overview pays particular
attention to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program,
brownfield redevelopment, smart growth, water infrastructure and
water quality, manufacturing, farm bill, energy, and appropriations.
 
     CONTACT:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(224-0606).
 

ENERGY AND THE FARM BILL
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     Presentations from last week's briefing on the energy title of
the Senate farm bill are posted on the Northeast-Midwest Institute's
web site.  Speakers included Carol Werner (Environmental and Energy
Study Institute), Pat Gruber (Cargill Dow LLC), Krysta Harden
(American Soybean Association), and Dan Reicher (World Resources
Institute and former Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy).  For
a summary of this and other recent Northeast-Midwest farm bill
briefings, see http://www.nemw.org/agriculture.htm.