· MtBE and Renewable Fuels
· Chicago Dispersal Barrier
· Conservation Security Program
INVESTING IN BROWNFIELD PROJECTS
The February 24 briefing will run from 9:30 am until 10:30 am in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Speaking will be representatives of the Northeast-Midwest Institute and AIG Global Real Estate.
MTBE AND RENEWABLE FUELS PROVISIONS IN ENERGY BILL
LIHEAP LETTER AND BRIEFING
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are seeking signatures on a letter that asks the Budget Committee to allocate $3 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the fiscal 2005 Budget Resolution. The signature deadline is Wednesday, February 25, and Senate offices are encouraged to contact Kris Sarri at the Coalition (202/224-0606).
Senate and House staffers are invited to a Tuesday, February 24, briefing by state LIHEAP directors about the status of state energy assistance programs. A growing number of households are applying for assistance – between fiscal 2002 and fiscal 2004 the number of households receiving assistance increased from 4.2 million to 4.6 million. States are projecting that the number could increase in fiscal 2004 to 4.9 million. LIHEAP serves only 16 percent of the eligible population.
The February 24 briefing will run from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm in 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building. LIHEAP directors from the following states will be attending: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
DISPERSAL BARRIER TO BLOCK INVASIVE SPECIES
The Great Lakes Task Force is seeking signatures on a letter that asks the Corps of Engineers to begin constructing the second dispersal barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The Corps will complete the project’s design phase early in 2004, but it currently has no plans to begin the barrier’s construction, despite the great need to block the advance of Asian carp and other invasive species into the Great Lakes. The signature deadline is Friday, February 27, and Hill offices are encouraged to contact Joy Mulinex at 202/224-1211.
CONSERVATION SECURITY PROGRAM
The February 27 briefing will run from 9:30 am until 10:30 am in 1300 Longworth House Office Building.