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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 3 June 2002



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Briefing: Recycling Works
*  Letter: Mercury Emissions
*  Legislation: Forestry and Open Space
*  Legislation: Great Lakes Contaminated Sediments

 

BRIEFING: RECYCLING WORKS
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The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition on Monday, June 3, will host a briefing on the importance of recycling and reuse to the regionís economy. The session will review the U.S. Recycling Economic Information Study, as well as discuss the economic impacts of recycling on northeastern and midwestern states, which have the nationís most successful programs.

Presenters will include representatives of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Recycling Coalition, Mid America Council of Recycling Officials, and Northeast Recycling Council. The June 3 briefing will run from 10:30 am until 12:00 noon in room 406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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

 

LETTER: MERCURY EMISSIONS
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Reps. Thomas Allen (D-ME) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) are circulating a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency to continue developing strict MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) standards for power plant mercury emissions. The letter also urges the administration to strengthen the mercury provisions contained in its Clear Skies Initiative. Signatures are due by close of business on Wednesday, June 5.

Contacts: Jonathan Cowan with Rep. Allen (225-6116), Amy Bahel with Rep. Shays (225-5541), or Matt Little with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

 

LEGISLATION: FORESTRY AND OPEN SPACE
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Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are seeking co-sponsors for the Suburban and Community Forestry and Open Space Initiative Act of 2002. The bill would provide grant funds to local governments and non-profits to purchase interests in forest lands in order to conserve private forest land and maintain working forests in areas threatened by sprawl. The bill is supported by the Trust for Public Land, Northern Forest Alliance, Appalachian Mountain Club, Land Trust Alliance, Highlands Coalition, Nature Conservancy, New England Forestry Foundation, and the National Association of State Foresters. Most forests in the Northeast-Midwest region are private forest lands.

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

 

LEGISLATION: GREAT LAKES CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS
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Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Mike DeWine (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, recently introduced the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2002 (S. 2544). The bill is a companion to legislation introduced by Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and authorizes $50 million per year in grants to states for remediation of contaminated sediments at Areas of Concern. The legislation also creates a grant program for public information and education; requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to submit to Congress a report on such actions, time periods, and resources as are necessary to fulfill EPAís duties overseeing Remedial Action Plans at Areas of Concern; requires EPA to conduct research and development of innovative approaches for the remediation of sediment; and reauthorizes the Great Lakes National Program Office.

Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-1211).