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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 16 October 2000


* Site Visit to Blue Plains Wastewater Plant
* Home Heating Oil Shortage
* BPA Faces More Criticism
* Appropriation Updates
* Smart Growth Briefings

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Wednesday, October 18, is
arranging a tour for congressional staff and others of the Blue Plains
Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Southeast Washington, D.C.
Leaving from Capitol Hill at 10:00 am, this field trip will allow
staff to learn first-hand about the large-scale facilities that treat
our cities' sewage and storm water runoff.  It will highlight
challenges associated with wastewater and nonpoint source water

     ContactOlwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     Members of the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions this week are asking
the president to take further immediate actions to protect the
Northeast-Midwest from a potential home heating oil shortage in the
coming months.  The region utilizes 87 percent of this fuel.

     Regional senators are seeking four actions.  First, resolve any
barriers keeping the Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA) from
passage.  Second, direct the Department of Energy to concentrate
immediate weatherization efforts in the Northeast-Midwest region.
Third, encourage continued negotiations with Venezuela and other
countries interested in importing home heating oil stocks into the
United States.  Fourth, be prepared to provide home heating oil and
natural gas dealers, as well as independent owner/operator trucking
firms, with bridge loans and other necessary resources in order to
store and deliver fuel within the region.

     On the House side, Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) is spearheading a
letter asking the president to include funding for the Northeast
Heating Oil Reserve in final negotiations over the fiscal 2001
appropriation bills.

     ContactCameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606) and Jeff Duncan with Rep. Markey (225-2836).

     Reps. Bob Franks and Marty Meehan (D-MA), co-chairs of the
Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, recently asked the U.S.
General Accounting Office to audit the Bonneville Power
Administration's profiteering sales into the tight California
electricity market.  Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Senators Dianne
Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) also asked the Department of
Energy to block BPA from signing electric contracts in the Pacific
Northwest that exclude California customers.  In response, BPA and its
beneficiaries expressed "adamant and emphatic opposition" to any
change in the status quo, which provides taxpayer-subsidized, below-
market-priced electricity to aluminum companies and other select
customers in the Pacific Northwest.

     ContactDick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     Updates on funding for key regional programs can be found at
http://www.nemw.org/approp2001.pdf. Updates on Great Lakes appropriations
can be found at http://www.nemw.org/tracking2001.pdf. Information on Upper
Mississippi programs is available at http://www.nemw.org/UMR_approp.pdf.

     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force and other groups on Tuesday,
October 17, are hosting two briefings on smart growth.  The first,
beginning at 10:00 am in room 124 of the Dirksen Senate Office
Building, will feature five speakers representing Smart Growth
America, a new national coalition of more than 60 public interest
groups concerned about sprawl.

     The second briefing -- beginning at noon at the White House
Conference Center, Truman Room (726 Jackson Place, NW) -- will focus
on the Atlanta metropolitan area's current crisis -- urban sprawl --
within the framework of race and class.  Robert Bullard, author of
Sprawl City:  Race, Politics, and Planning in Atlanta, will review the
consequences of urban sprawl, as well as the rising class and racial
divisions underlying uneven growth and development.

     ContactCameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).