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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 January 2000

      The Northeast-Midwest Institute's Nonpoint Finance Project on
Monday, January 10, will hold its second forum in Baltimore, on the
campus of Johns Hopkins University.  The forum will bring together
individuals from the agriculture, environment, and finance
communities, as well as representatives from relevant state and
federal programs.  The forum's purpose is to explore innovative ways
of financing nonpoint source pollution efforts and to develop
consensus support for these ideas.

      The Project is a joint effort of the Northeast-Midwest Institute
and the Marine Studies Consortium.  Representatives from the National
Farmers Union, Clean Water Action, the Council of Infrastructure
Finance Authorities, the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the
Maryland Environmental Finance Center serve as the project's steering

      CONTACT:  George Dusenbury at the Northeast-Midwest Institute

      The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, with leadership by
Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), will host a
briefing on Tuesday, January 11, on the role of energy efficiency,
renewable energy, and utility emissions in a restructured electricity
industry.  Utility restructuring presents an historic opportunity to
shape the future of an industry that accounts for one third of the
nation's energy supply.  It can enable the creation of an efficient,
competitive, and sustainable industry that will improve public health
and the environment.

      Speakers will discuss a public benefits trust, generation
performance standard, renewable portfolio standard, as well as
regulatory barriers to innovative technologies.  The January 11
briefing will run from 2:00 until 3:00 pm in room 430 of the Dirksen
Senate Office Building.

      CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).

      The Census Bureau's latest population projections suggest that
the West and South stand to gain more clout in the House of
Representatives.  If the 2000 actual count is similar, six
northeastern and midwestern states would lose eight seats.
Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconson each would lose one, while
New York and Pennsylvania would lose two.  Other losers would be
Oklahoma and Mississippi.

      The biggest winners would be Arizona and Texas, while
California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Montana, and Nevada each
would gain one seat.  Since 1969, the Northeast-Midwest region has
lost 36 representatives (16 percent).

      Allegra Cangelosi has been invited by the Interior Secretary to
serve on the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.  This 25-person
panel addresses an array of issues related to the control and
minimization of adverse economic, ecological, and human health
impacts caused by invasive species.  The Advisory Committee will hold
its first meeting on January 25 with the Secretaries of Interior,
Agriculture, and Commerce. ...  Fred Helmstetter on Monday, January
10, will make a presentation at the Transportation Research Board's
annual conference in Washington, D.C.  He will discuss issues helping
and hindering freight crossing the U.S.-Canada border, particularly
along the Atlantic and midwestern corridors, and he will review the
Institute's on-going analysis of transportation and trade trends in
the Upper Midwest.

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