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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 21 July 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Press Conference:  Great Lakes Cities Initiative

* Briefing:  Brownfields

* Briefing:  Output-Based Allocations for Multi-Pollutants

* Sea Grant and Great Lakes Restoration

* Support for Small Manufacturers

* Great Lakes Water Levels Legislation

* Farm-to-Cafeteria Legislation

* Redesigned USCHPA Web Site

 

 

GREAT LAKES CITIES INITIATIVE

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At a press conference in Chicago on Saturday, July 19, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will introduce Dave Ullrich as director of the Great Lakes Cities Initiative, a new project of the Northeast-Midwest Institute that seeks to have the region's mayors work jointly to advance the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes ecosystem.  Ullrich was deputy regional administrator for the Great Lakes region of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1992 until 2003.

 

During his 30 years with EPA, he has been acting regional administrator, director of the Waste Management Division, acting regional counsel, and chief of Air Enforcement.  He was the U.S. chair of the International Joint Commission's Water Quality Board from 1997 to 2003, as well as a founding member and past chair of the Midwest Natural Resources Group.

 

Contact:  Dave Ullrich at the Great Lakes Cities Initiative (312/201-4516).

 

 

BRIEFING ON BROWNFIELDS

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The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Monday, July 21, will host a briefing on how the federal government, cities, and rural communities are partnering to redevelop brownfields.  Speakers will discuss local redevelopment efforts; how federal programs are helping communities clean up brownfields and spur economic development; and legislative proposals being considered in Congress, including the president's fiscal 2004 budget proposals. The July 21 briefing will begin at 3:30 pm in 1539 Longworth House Office Building.

 

Contact:  Charlie Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

OUTPUT-BASED ALLOCATIONS FOR MULTI-POLLUTANT LEGISLATION:

A FLEXIBLE WAY TO SPUR EFFICIENCY IN EMISSION TRADING PROGRAMS

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The Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional Coalitions, on Friday, July 25, will host a briefing on multi-pollutant legislative proposals.  Among the issues to be discussed are methods of distribution allocation, and why output-based updating ensures the greatest environmental benefit, promotes our national energy objectives, and sustains the nation's economy.

 

Joel Bluestein, Energy and Environment Analysis, Inc., an expert on emissions trading programs, regulations, and related permitting issues; Bruce Diamond with NiSource, a diversified energy company engaged in electricity generation and distribution, and natural gas production, transmission, and distribution; and Jeanne Connelly with Calpine, the largest independent power company in North America with approximately 80 natural gas fired and geothermal power plants in 22 states, will speak at the briefing.

 

The July 25 briefing will run from 10am to 11:00 am in Room SR-236, Russell Senate Office Building, in Washington DC.

 

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

 

 

SEA GRANT AND GREAT LAKES RESTORATION

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute and Great Lakes Commission have received awards from the National Sea Grant Program to help identify Great Lakes ecosystem restoration needs.  Working with university-based Sea Grant programs and other scientists, the two groups will help advance efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes.  The Institute will survey restoration efforts in other regions of the country, identifying key lessons.  The Commission will convene a series of state-specific stakeholder workshops, the first one being on September 18 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Contacts:  Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200), Mike Donahue at the Great Lakes Commission (734/971-9150), and Leon Cammen with National Sea Grant College Program (301/713-2435 x136).

 

 

SUPPORT FOR SMALL MANUFACTURERS

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Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT), co-chairs of the Senate Task Force on Manufacturing, recently criticized the House Committee on Appropriations for cutting the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program to $39.6 million for fiscal 2004 -- approximately two-thirds less than the previous year's appropriation of $105.9 million.  As the economy struggles and unemployment rates rise to a nine-year high, the nation’s 348,000 small manufacturers and over 11 million workers need MEP support to keep high-performing manufacturers and the jobs they produce in the United States.

 

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

 

 

GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS

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The House Resource Committee last week marked up the Hydrographic Services Amendments Act (H.R. 958).  The bill was amended by Rep. Dale Kildee (D-MI), with the support of the House Great Lakes Task Force, to authorize the appropriation of $2 million per year for NOAA's Great Lakes Water Levels Observation Network.  This network provides valuable, real-time data on water levels for boaters and shippers.

 

Contact:  Adri Jayaratne with Rep. Kildee (202/225-3611) or Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 

 

FARM-TO-CAFETERIA LEGISLATION

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Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Fred Upton (R-MI) are seeking cosponsors for legislation that links nutrition and agriculture policy, improves children's health, and benefits family farmers.  The Farm-to-Cafeteria bill would help farmers sell nutritious foods directly to local schools.  It would provide $10 million annually for allocations of up to $100,000 to assist school districts or nonprofit organizations create farm-to-school projects.  The grants could be used to purchase adequate equipment for storing and preparing fresh foods, develop food procurement relationships with nearby farmers, and plan seasonal menus and promotional materials.

 

With a supply of healthy foods, children would have a better chance of avoiding serious illness, such as heart disease and diabetes.  The farm-to-cafeteria program also would assist America's independent farming sector.

 

Contact:  Sherry Harper with Rep. Kind (202/225-5506) or Charles Yessaian with Rep. Upton (202/225-3761).

 

 

REDESIGNED USCHPA WEB SITE

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The new U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association website is now online.  The Northeast-Midwest Institute is an active member of the Board, and maintains the website for this nonprofit association engaged in advancing cleaner power technologies.