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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 11 February 2002



Posted on behalf of <info@nemw.org>

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H I G H L I G H T S

*  Implementing the Brownfield Law
*  Great Lakes Reception
*  Formula Challenges to CDBG and LIHEAP
*  Upcoming Events


IMPLEMENTING THE BROWNFIELD LAW
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The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Tuesday, February 12, will host a
discussion on the recently-approved Small Business Liability Protection
and Brownfields Remediation Act. To help congressional staffers
understand what the act means for their communities, the briefing will
focus on the law's provisions and upcoming implementation actions.

The February 12 session will run from 10:00 am until 10:45 am in room
406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Speakers will be Ted Michaels
with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Sven Kaiser
with the Environmental Protection Agency.

CONTACT: Charles Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


GREAT LAKES RECEPTION
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The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Wednesday, February 13, is hosting a
reception for leaders in Great Lakes policy and research, congressional
staff, environmental advocates, directors of regional organizations,
scientists, industry representatives, and federal, state, and tribal
officials.

The February 13 reception will be from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm in room
B-354 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

RSVP to Dyan McCray at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


FORMULA CHALLENGES TO CDBG AND LIHEAP
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The Bush administration's fiscal 2003 budget proposes changes in the
allocation of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Low Income
Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that could harm the
Northeast-Midwest region. In trying to direct grants to low-income
areas, the administration recommends focusing on per-capita income
without accounting for a community's costs of living. That change could
hurt many northeastern and midwestern states that have high housing,
heating, and other living expenses. The Northeast-Midwest groups will
monitor these issues closely.

CONTACT: Matt Kane at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (313/582-6244).


UPCOMING EVENTS
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February 19 -- Great Lakes legislative priorities (meeting of the Great
Lakes Task Forces)
February 21 -- Industrial energy efficiency (Capitol Hill briefing)
March 13 -- Mid_Atlantic Rivers and Estuaries Summit (Capitol Hill
conference)
March 14 -- Great Lakes Day (congressional breakfast and Capitol Hill
meetings)
April 15 -- Manufacturing efficiency and productivity (field hearing in
Augusta, ME)


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