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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 25 March 2002



H E A D L I N E S

 

*  Recycling America’s Gas Stations

*  Guide to the Clean Water Act

*  Appropriation Requests

 

 

RECYCLING AMERICA’S GAS STATIONS

 

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals are releasing a new publication on revitalizing contaminated properties.  The book reviews how states and communities are dealing with polluted, abandoned gas stations and other petroleum-contaminated sites.  Some 200,000 sites are impacted by petroleum leaking from underground storage tanks (USTs).

     The report concludes that tackling petroleum site situations from the vantage point of redevelopment and reuse -- rather than only from the perspective of contamination and cleanup -- is key to USTfields success. 

     Contact:  Charles Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).  Copies of the report can be obtained for $25 (plus postage and handling) by contacting Heather Lockridge (544-5200).  A PDF version will be posted soon on the Institute web site (www.nemw.org).

 

 

GUIDE TO THE CLEAN WATER ACT

 

     As Congress reviews water infrastructure legislation, the Northeast-Midwest Institute has released a primer on the Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund.  The Institute also has expanded its Water Quality and Infrastructure web page to contain up-to-date appropriations information as well as links to pending legislation and information on current water and wastewater issues (e.g. atmospheric deposition, arsenic/MTBE in drinking water, rural water issues, sprawl and water quality, TMDLs, transportation/PAHs, CSOs/SSOs, stormwater/NPDES, etc.).  The web page features a section on water quality and infrastructure financing, with numerous links to information on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). 

     The Institute’s CWSRF primer describes the program in a question/answer format, with references to the DWSRF, and it includes a set of policy recommendations and a detailed state contact list.  The Water Quality and Infrastructure web site is www.nemw.org/water.htm, and the CWSRF primer can be found at www.nemw.org/CWSRF_primer.pdf

     Contact:  Tracy Norfleet at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

 

APPROPRIATION REQUESTS

 

Invasive Species

 

     Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and James Oberstar (D-MN) and Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) are circulating letters seeking appropriations for invasive species programs within several different federal agencies.  Senate offices can contact Joy Mulinex (224-1211), and House offices can call Olwen Huxley (226-9497) by April 8.

 

LIHEAP

     Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are circulating a letter supporting $3 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for fiscal 2003 and advance appropriations for fiscal 2004.  Senate offices interested in signing the letter should contact Kris Sarri (224-0606) by March 28.

     House offices wanting to sign a similar letter, spearheaded by the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, can contact Olwen Huxley (226-9497).

 

Water Infrastructure

     Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Marty Meehan (D-MA) are circulating a letter supporting water infrastructure grants and loans program, as well as federal funds for state wetlands programs.  To sign onto this letter, please contact Olwen Huxley at 226-9497. 

     Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Carl Levin (D-MI) are seeking signatures on a letter requesting $1.35 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, $1 billion for the Drinking Water SRF, and $238 million for non-point-source pollution control.  Senate offices interested in signing the letter should contact Kris Sarri (224-0606) by March 27.

 

Energy Efficiency

     Senators Reed and Collins are circulating a letter supporting energy efficiency programs within the Interior appropriations bill.  To sign the letter, please contact Kris Sarri at 224-0606 by April 2.

     Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and James Barcia (D-MI) are circulating a letter in support of the Department of Energy’s industrial and power efficiency program, and emissions scrubbing research projects.  To sign onto this letter, please contact Olwen Huxley (226-9497) by April 12.

 

Northern Border

     Senators Carl Levin, Olympia Snowe, and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) are circulating two letters supporting appropriations for Custom, INS, and Border Patrol along the U.S.-Canada border.  Senate offices interested in signing should contact Kris Sarri (224-0606) by March 28.

 

Great Lakes

     The Great Lakes Task Forces are circulating several letters seeking appropriations for programs impacting the Great Lakes.  An overview of requests can be found at www.nemw.org/tracking2002.pdf.  Senate and House offices interested in signing these letters can contact Joy Mulinex (224-1211).

 

Water Monitoring

     Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) are circulating a letter in support of U.S. Geological Survey’s water monitoring programs.  House offices wanting to sign onto this letter should contact Megan Agy in Rep. Pallone’s office (225-4671).

 

Brownfields

     The Northeast Midwest House Coalition anticipates circulating a letter this week in support of HUD and EPA brownfield programs.  Contact Olwen Huxley (226-9497) for further information.  To sign a similar Senate letter, contact Kris Sarri (224-0606).

 

Weatherization

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition is circulating an appropriation letter associated with the weatherization program.  Contact Olwen Huxley (226-9497).

 

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions are seeking signatures to support funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership within the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Contact Kris Sarri in the Senate (224-0606) or Olwen Huxley in the House (226-9497).

 

Sea Grant

     Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are seeking signatures on a letter that supports funding for the National Sea Grant College Program at the authorized level of $68.8 million for fiscal 2003.  Senate offices interested in signing that letter should contact Peter Fippinger, majority staff at the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Fisheries (224-4912) or Stephanie Bailenson, minority staff (224-8172).

 

Mid-Atlantic River Basins

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition is circulating several letters that support programs important to the Delaware, Susquehanna, and Potomac River basins.  Information about those letters can be obtained from Allen Hance or Dan Wrinn (544-5200).