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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 18 November 2002



H E A D L I N E S

 

* Great Lakes Legacy Act

* Manufacturing Workforce Development

* Measuring Sprawl

* Clean Water Funding

* Manufacturing Extension Partnership

 

 

GREAT LAKES LEGACY ACT

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The House last week passed the Great Lakes Legacy Act (H.R. 1070), as amended and approved by the Senate.  This bill, authored by Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI), authorizes $50 million per year for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Great Lakes National Program Office to clean up Areas of Concern (AOC) in the Great Lakes.  As the General Accounting Office has reported, cleanups of these contaminated sediments have been slow.  The bill also reauthorizes the Great Lakes National Program Office, authorizes EPA to conduct a public outreach effort at AOCs, and requires a 35-percent non-federal cost share.

 

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

 

 

MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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Representatives from the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Regional Skills Alliance on Thursday, November 21, will talk with Northeast-Midwest staff about their efforts in regional manufacturing workforce development.  The officials also will discuss how their project could be duplicated in other states.  The November 21 meeting will begin at 1:00 pm in 2448 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

RSVP to Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).

 

 

MEASURING SPRAWL

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The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalitions on Friday, November 22, are sponsoring a briefing on measuring sprawl.  Don Chen, executive director of Smart Growth America, will present findings of Measuring Sprawl and Its Impact.  That report, based on three years of research by professors at Rutgers and Cornell Universities, uses 22 variables to rate metro areas on four different aspects of their development. The scores indicate how those regions have spread out housing and population; segregated homes from the activities of daily life; ignored strong economic and social centers; and built poorly connected street networks.

 

The November 22 event will run from 10:30 am until 12:00 noon in room SC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.

 

 

CLEAN WATER FUNDING

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Senators Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and George Voinovich (R-OH) are seeking signatures on a letter that asks President Bush to provide $5.2 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water Revolving Fund.  Despite important progress over the last three decades, more than 40 percent of our nation's lakes, rivers, and streams are still too impaired for fishing or swimming.  Discharges from aging and failing sewerage systems, urban storm water, and other sources continue to pose serious threats to our nation's waters, endangering not only public health, but fishing and recreation industries.  EPA recently found a $535 billion gap between current spending and projected needs for water and wastewater infrastructure over the next 20 years if additional investments are not made.  The deadline for signatures is November 22.

 

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

 

 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP

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Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are seeking signatures on a letter asking the Office of Management and Budget director to provide $100 million in the administration's fiscal 2004 budget for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  The MEP helps small and mid-sized American manufacturers modernize in order to compete in the demanding global marketplace.  Manufacturing drove the economy’s growth in the 1990s, and small manufacturers are the engines that increase productivity.  Without MEP assistance, many of these manufacturers may not survive, causing a direct impact on homeland security and the war on terrorism.  Many makers of components and spare parts for large military contractors have left the marketplace or are ill-prepared to respond to swift increases in orders as a result of more defense spending.  Signatures are due by November 26.

 

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