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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 29 July 2002



H I G H L I G H T S

* Report: Rural Smart Growth
* Appropriations: VA-HUD, Agriculture, and Transportation
* Appropriations: Lead Poisoning
* Report: Brownfield Redevelopment

 

REPORT: RURAL SMART GROWTH
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On Monday, July 29, the Northeast-Midwest Institute will release a new report, Smart Growth at the Frontier: Strategies and Resources for Rural Communities. The report illustrates promising rural growth strategies that revitalize small towns; link natural resource protection with resort and residential development; maintain farm and forest land; and coordinate regional development. Printed copies of this report may be purchased by calling 202/544-5200.

Contact: Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

APPROPRIATIONS: VA-HUD, AGRICULTURE, AND TRANSPORTATION
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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, July 25, marked up the VA-HUD and Independent Agencies, Agriculture, and Transportation appropriations bills for fiscal 2003.

The VA-HUD bill provided $25 million for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Brownfields Economic Development Initiative and $200 million for the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Redevelopment Initiative. Appropriators provided $1.45 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) (a $100 million increase above the FY02 level); $875 million for the Drinking Water SRF (an increase of $25 million above the FY02 level); $238.5 million for Non-Point Source Pollution Grants; and $192.5 million for Water Quality Grants.

The Transportation Appropriations bill provided $1.2 billion for Amtrak -- $550 million for Amtrak's operating expenses and $650 million for capital expenses. The $650 million includes $369 million for capital expenses for the Northeast Corridor.

The Agriculture Appropriations bill provided $700 million for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program; the Wetlands Reserve Program is authorized to enroll 250,000 acres at a cost of about $700 million; the Farmland Protection Program received $100 million; the Conservation Reserve Program received $53 million; the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program received $30 million; the Watershed Rehabilitation Program received $30 million; and the Conservation Security Program received $3 million.

Contact: Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

 

APPROPRIATIONS: LEAD POISONING
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The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $75 million for a targeted demonstration project to fight lead poisoning in cities with the highest rates of lead poisoning in children. The Urban Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program -- funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Lead Hazard Control -- will provide grants to 25 targeted cities with disproportionately high percentages of children under age six having dangerous levels of lead in their blood, and a demonstrated commitment to fighting the problem.

Contact: Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

 

REPORT: BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT
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The federal Clean Water State Revolving Fund can be a potentially significant source of funding for cleaning up brownfields and underground storage tanks (USTs) where water quality may be threatened, according to a new Northeast-Midwest Institute report. Using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for Brownfields and USTfields details how states can use the Fund for assessing and remediating these sites. It also provides a primer on the Fund, its programs, and features examples of how Maryland, New Mexico, New York, and Ohio have begun using the Fund for brownfield and underground storage tank projects. Printed copies of the report may be purchased by calling 202/544-5200.

Contact: Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).