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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 15 April 2002



H E A D L I N E S

*  Job Openings
*  Appropriation Requests
*  Monitoring the Mississippi
*  Pipelines in the Great Lakes
*  Brownfield Financing
*  Urban Poverty Briefing
 
 
JOB OPENINGS GREAT LAKES POLICY ANALYST
AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
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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, as well as a research assistant to help advance several environmental issues. More detailed job descriptions are available at www.nemw.org/job.htm.

APPROPRIATIONS REQUESTS
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An update on appropriations and requests from the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions can be found at www.nemw.org/appropstable.htm. Also, a link to this table is on the Northeast-Midwest Institute's home page (www.nemw.org). The House Coalition obtained an unprecedented 129 signatures on a letter supporting LIHEAP, 219 for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and 50 for brownfield cleanups. House letters on brownfields, water infrastructure, and weatherization will remain open for signatures until April 17. An invasive species letter closes on April 15, while the industrial efficiency letter and an MEP addendum close on April 18. House offices interested in signing any of these letters should contact Olwen Huxley at 226-9497.

In a new letter, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) is seeking signatures to support a groundwater assessment study for the Potomac River watershed. That study would identify areas where groundwater shortages have occurred and assist with the development of long-term water management plans for the region. To sign this letter, contact Michael Higdon with Rep. Bartlett at 225-2721.

The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition continues to circulate an appropriation request associated with energy efficiency. That letter focuses on funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program; State Energy Program; and the Offices of Building Technology, Industrial Technology, Power Technology; and Energy Information Administration. Senate offices interested in signing should contact Kris Sarri at 224-0606.


MONITORING THE MISSISSIPPI
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The House last week approved a bill authorizing $6.8 million to improve monitoring of the sediment and nutrient runoff that flows into the Upper Mississippi River. Such runoff reflects soil losses for farmers, raises the cost to treat drinking water, increases dredging expenses, and damages fish and the environment. The measure was advanced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), a co-chair of the Upper Mississippi River Task Force.

Contact: Allen Hance at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


PIPELINES IN THE GREAT LAKES
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Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), Mike DeWine (R-OH), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) last week obtained Senate endorsement of an amendment to the energy bill that authorizes a Great Lakes pipeline/energy infrastructure study. The comprehensive study will consider the environmental impacts of energy transmission infrastructure in the Great Lakes and make recommendations on ways to minimize any possible impacts.

Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).

BROWNFIELD FINANCING
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The House Financial Services Committee last week approved the Brownfields Redevelopment and Enhancement Act of 2001 (H.R. 2941) to provide business incentives for cleanups in areas with high poverty rates and unemployment. The bill, introduced by Reps. Gary Miller (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), defines brownfield redevelopment as an eligible community development block grant (CDBG) activity, and provides that CDBG loan guarantee limits not include amounts for certain brownfield projects.

The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee last week temporarily postponed mark up of a brownfield redevelopment bill that focuses on financing from the Economic Development Administration.

Contact: Charlie Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


URBAN POVERTY BRIEFING
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The Livable Communities Task Force and Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Thursday, April 18, are hosting a briefing on urban poverty and the United Nations millennium development goals. The featured speaker is Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, executive director of UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Nairobi, Kenya. Other panelists include John W. Flora, director of transport and urban development at the World Bank; David L. Painter, director of the Office of Environment and Urban Programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Dr. Marc A. Weiss, chairman of the Prague Institute for Global Urban Development.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room 304 of the Cannon House Office Building.

Contact: Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).