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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 1 April 2002



H E A D L I N E S

 

*  Job Opening:  Great Lakes Policy Analyst

*  Recycling America’s Gas Stations

*  Guide to the Clean Water Act

*  Appropriation Requests

 

 

JOB OPENING – GREAT LAKES POLICY ANALYST

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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is looking for a policy analyst to focus on water management and water quality in the Great Lakes.  The region’s governors and a variety of stakeholders have been reviewing policies associated with the withdrawal and diversion of Great Lakes waters.  Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces have asked the governors (in consultation with stakeholders) to develop ecosystem restoration and protection goals.  The policy analyst will assist the Institute’s efforts to add value to this region-based process through information gathering and policy analysis.  The Institute will pay particular attention to the needs of Capitol Hill in making these regional goal-setting and water-management efforts a success.  A more detailed job description is available at http://www.nemw.org/job.htm.

 

 

RECYCLING AMERICA’S GAS STATIONS

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     A new publication 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.

     The report is available for $25 (plus postage and handling) by contacting Heather Lockridge (544-5200).

 

 

GUIDE TO THE CLEAN WATER ACT

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     A new primer on the Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund describes the program in a question/answer format, and it includes a set of policy recommendations and a detailed state contact list.  The primer can be found at http://www.nemw.org/CWSRF_primer.pdf.

 

 

APPROPRIATION REQUESTS

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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 April 1.

     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 April 1.

 

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 April 1.

 

Great Lakes

     The Great Lakes Task Forces are circulating several letters seeking appropriations for programs impacting the Great Lakes.  Signatures still are being accepted for letters to be sent to Senate Agriculture and House Commerce-Justice-State, Interior, and VA-HUD subcommittees.  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.  Signature deadline will be April 15. Contact Olwen Huxley (226-9497) for further information.

 

Weatherization

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

 

Mid-Atlantic River Basins

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition is circulating letters that support programs important to the Delaware, Susquehanna, and Potomac River basins.  Signatures are still being accepted for letters to the House Commerce-Justice-State Subcommittee.  Information can be obtained from Allen Hance or Dan Wrinn (544-5200).