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Weekly Update 10 April 2006

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms – Lunch/Briefing
  • Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water – Letters
  • Great Lakes Restoration – Legislation
  • Brownfield/Environmental Finance – Job Opening

 


Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms -- Lunch/Briefing

 

The American Business Council, in coordination with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, will host a lunchtime briefing on the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAA for Firms) Program.  The briefing will be held on Monday, April 10, at 12:15 pm in 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.  The TAA for Firms program assists small domestic manufacturing companies that experience losses of jobs and/or sales due to imports.  TAA for Firms provides technical assistance to hundreds of companies across the nation by addressing problems in the areas of marketing, financing, production, product development, distribution, management, information systems, and exporting.  To RSVP for the event, please contact Dana Marie DiOttavio with the American Business Council (610/825-5200)

 


 

Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water – Letters

 

Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) are seeking signatures on a letter that supports $1.35 billion in funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), and at least $1 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).  CWSRF monies are loaned to communities and loan repayments are recycled back into the program to fund additional water quality protection projects.  Similarly, the DWSRF program makes funds available to drinking water systems in order to finance infrastructure improvements. Since their inception, the programs have provided more than $61.35 billion to more than to 23,000 projects around the country.  While this amount represents an important federal investment, the Congressional Budget Office estimates a spending gap of as much as $388 billion for clean and safe water needs over the next 20 years.  The letter’s signature deadline is Friday, April 14.  Contact: Elizabeth Mark at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-5181).

 

Senators Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), James Jeffords (I-VT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), George Voinovich (R-OH), and Jack Reed (D-RI) are seeking signatures on a letter that supports $1.35 billion in funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), and $850 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF).  The letter’s signature deadline is Friday, April 21.  Contact:  Ari Strauss at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).

 


 

Great Lakes Restoration – Legislation

 

Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Carl Levin (D-MI) and Reps. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) recently introduced legislation (S. 2545 and H.R. 5100) to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The legislation reflects the recommendations from the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, a partnership of federal, state, and local government officials and program managers, scientists, and interested private stakeholders.  The legislation would:

  • Stop the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species by reauthorizing  the National Invasive Species Act of 1996;
  • Prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes by authorizing the Corps of Engineers to maintain and operate the dispersal barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and prohibit the importation and sale of Asian carp;
  • Restore fish and wildlife habitat by reauthorizing the Great Lakes Fish & Wildlife Restoration Act at $20 million per year;
  • Prevent sewage contamination by reauthorizing the State Revolving Loan Fund and providing $20 billion over five years to assist communities with improving their wastewater infrastructure.
  • Clean up contaminated sediment under the Great Lakes Legacy Act by reauthorizing the program for $150 million per year, up from $54 million;
  • Phase out mercury in products by establishing a new EPA grant program at $10 million per year and improving existing research programs;
  • Coordinate and improve Great Lakes programs by establishing the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force and the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration.

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

 


 

Brownfield/Environmental Finance – Job Opening

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a senior policy analyst to help develop financing vehicles for economic development and environmental projects.  The analyst will pay particular attention to brownfield cleanup and reuse, urban forestry, community development, and ecosystem restoration.  Tasks will include researching case studies, preparing reports, organizing workshops and briefings, and advancing policy proposals on Capitol Hill.  Click here to review a job announcement.

 


 

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