H E A D L I N E S
* Legislation: Contaminated Sediments
The House last week approved legislation (H.R. 1070) authorizing $250 million over five years for the cleanup of contaminated sites in the Great Lakes region. Introduced by Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), the legislation focuses on sediment in the regionís rivers, harbors, and bays that suffer from heavy industrial pollution. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced companion legislation (S. 2544) in the Senate.
Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).
LEGISLATION: MERCURY REDUCTION
The Senate last week approved legislation (S. 351) that would reduce the
harmful impacts of mercury in the environment. The bill, introduced by Sen.
Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chair of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, would
limit the use of mercury-based thermometers and improve the collection and
disposal of mercury products.
BRIEFING: GREAT LAKES WATER
The International Joint Commission on Thursday, September 12, will brief congressional staff on the details of its Eleventh Biennial Great Lakes Water Quality Report. The briefing begins at 8:30 am in room 188 of the Russell Senate Office Building.
Contact: Joy Mulinex with
the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).
The Manufacturing Task Forces, along with the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions, will sponsor a series of briefings throughout the fall on manufacturing. The first session, "Manufacturing Matters!" will feature presentations by representatives of the National Association of Manufacturers, AFL-CIO, and U.S. Business and Industrial Council. It will begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 17, in room 2253 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Contact: Kris Sarri at the
Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).
HEARING: GASOLINE CONTAMINATION
The House Financial Services Committee on Thursday, September 12, will hold a hearing on the petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks. Charles Bartsch, senior policy analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute and co-author of Recycling Americaís Gas Stations, will testify.
The September 12 hearing will begin at 10:00 am in 2128 Rayburn House Office
LETTER: LIHEAP FUNDING
Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the
Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are circulating a letter asking President
Bush to release the remaining $200 million in fiscal 2002 LIHEAP contingency
funds. The Northeast-Midwest House Coalition is circulating a similar letter.
Senate offices interested in signing should contact Kris Sarri (224-0606) by
September 20, while House office should contact Olwen Huxley (226-9497).
Funding levels from the House and Senate for key regional programs can be
found at www.nemw.org/appropstable.htm.
* Renewable Energy and Emissions Market -- September 19. Begins at 1:00 pm in 311 Cannon.
* Winter Fuels Outlook -- September 18. Begins in the Senate at 8:30 am in 412 Russell; in the House at 2:00 pm in 2456 Rayburn.