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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 22 July 2002



H I G H L I G H T S
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*  Briefing:  Bio-Based Materials
*  Briefing:  Superfund
*  Briefing:  Brownfield Showcase Communities
*  Appropriations:  Manufacturing and LIHEAP
*  Data:  Gross State Product
*  Briefing:  Farm Bill 2002 Forum on Forestry Opportunities

 

BRIEFING:  BIO-BASED MATERIALS
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The Northeast-Midwest House Coalition and the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Task Force on Wednesday, July 24, are co-hosting a briefing on the research, development, and industrial aspects of bio-based materials. Representatives from a federal lab, academia, and the private sector will talk about the economic potential and research needs of biomass-derived products, including plastics, chemicals, and feedstocks for power plants.

The July 24 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

BRIEFING:  SUPERFUND
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The Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition on Thursday, July 25, is organizing a briefing on "Superfund 101." Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, Congressional Research Service, and the National Governorsís Association will describe the history, current status, and future of Superfund cleanups, as well as how those cleanups shall be financed.

The July 25 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

BRIEFING:  BROWNFIELD SHOWCASE COMMUNITIES
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The Northeast Midwest Coalitions and National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals on Friday, July 26, will hold two briefings -- one in the House and one in the Senate -- on brownfield showcase communities. The briefings will review the new federal brownfields law; the status of showcase cleanups; and the various federal, state, and local funding mechanisms and partnerships which made these showcases successful.

The Senate-side briefing will begin at 9:30 am in 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The House-side session will run from 11:00 am until noon in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building. Refreshments will be served.

 

APPROPRIATIONS:  MANUFACTURING AND LIHEAP
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Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), co-chairs of Senate Manufacturing Task Force, spearheaded a letter, signed by more than half the senators, to restore funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) after the administrationís budget cut funding to just $12.9 million. In response, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved $106.6 million for the program in fiscal 2003. It also provided $10.5 million for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms.

The Senate Appropriations Committee also approved $1.7 billion in regular LIHEAP funding and $300 million in emergency funding for fiscal 2003. This amount is $300 million above the presidentís request. The committee expressed its disappointment that the administration had not released any of the $600 million in contingency funds currently available, and it encouraged such spending given the energy assistance needs of eligible families. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, requested $3 billion for the program.

The House and Senate agreed on a Supplement Appropriations Bill for fiscal 2003. That bill provides $205 million for Amtrak.

 

DATA:  GROSS STATE PRODUCT
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A new graphic showing the change in gross state product by industry from 1986 to 2000 for each of the 18 northeastern and midwestern states is on the Northeast-Midwest web site.

 

BRIEFING:  FARM BILL 2002 FORUM ON FORESTRY OPPORTUNITIES
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The Pinchot Institute for Conservation on August 8 will sponsor a forum in Washington, D.C., on the forestry-related provisions of the 2002 farm bill and potential agency strategies for implementing them. The forum features presentations by congressional staff, USDA and state agency representatives, and private landowners, as well as break-out discussions on specific programs. The registration deadline for the free forum is July 24.

Contact: Stephanie Kavanaugh (202/797-6574) or go to http://pinchot.org/pic/farmbill/index.html on the web.