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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 July 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Great Lakes Restoration

* Manufacturing Field Forum

* Electricity Competition

* Brownfield Financing Strategies

* Great Lakes Ecosystem Health

 

 

GREAT LAKES RESTORATION

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Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Carl Levin (D-MI), co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, will introduce the Great Lakes Environmental Restoration Act on Monday, July 14.  Similar legislation, although different in several respects, will be introduced by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and a bipartisan group of House members.

 

The Great Lakes Task Forces will host a briefing on Tuesday, July 15, by Great Lakes United to   discuss their Green Book -- a restoration strategy for the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The briefing will begin at 11:00 am in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

Senators DeWine and Levin will testify on Wednesday, July 16, about the need for increased restoration funding in the Great Lakes.  The hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, chaired by Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), will begin at 10:00 am in 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

 

Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 

 

MANUFACTURING FIELD FORUM

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Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA), and the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition will host a manufacturing forum on Monday, July 14, at Carnegie-Mellon University.  Pittsburgh manufacturers and area experts will discuss what is happening with manufacturing, what works, and what still needs to be done to stop the hemorrhage of manufacturing jobs.  The July 14 event will run from 9:00 until 11:00 am at McConomy Auditorium at Carnegie-Mellon University.

 

Contact:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

ELECTRICITY COMPETITION

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute and several other organizations are opposing an amendment to the Senate energy bill that would stifle competition and negatively impact electricity consumers in the Northeast and Midwest.  They object to an amendment by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) that protects the interests of monopolies in the Southeast and Northwest, and that undermines the efforts of many northeastern and midwestern states to restructure their electricity generation markets.

 

Contact:  Suzanne Watson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4018).

 

 

BROWNFIELD FINANCING STRATEGIES

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A new Northeast-Midwest Institute report -- Financing Strategies for Brownfield Cleanup and Redevelopment -- describes the special costs and financial risks associated with brownfield reuse.  Without public help, private parties often are not able or willing to invest the resources needed to take a brownfield through its full redevelopment cycle. The report details innovative ways to leverage private-sector financing through federal, state, and local programs, and it underscores remaining barriers to using federal programs at brownfield sites.

 

Contacts:  Charles Bartsch and Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

GREAT LAKES ECOSYSTEM HEALTH

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A congressional briefing hosted by the Northeast-Midwest Institute and Great Lakes Task Force, entitled State of the Great Lakes 2003: An Overview of Ecosystem Health, was held on July 8, 2003.

 

Speakers presented a “big picture” snapshot of the current health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.  Paul Horvatin discussed highlights from the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC), a process to assess the chemical, physical, and biological health of the Great Lakes.  John Andersen explained the Great Lakes Ecoregional Plan designed to prioritize and guide the conservation of biological diversity, or species richness.  Paul Horvatin is chief of the Monitoring Indicators & Reporting Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office, and John Andersen is director of the Nature Conservancy’s Great Lakes Program.

 

Contact:  Karen Vigmostad at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4016).