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Weekly Update 31 October 2005




·         Chesapeake Bay Restoration Bill

·         Royalty-In-Kind Natural Gas Discount Heating Pilot Program

·         Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

·         Great Lakes Collaboration

·         Job Opening – Research Assistant (Ecosystem Team)

·         Brownfield Grants

·         Combined Federal Campaign

·         From Edison to Enron


Chesapeake Bay Reauthorization Bill


Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), a co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, introduced the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Enhancement Act of 2005 (H.R. 4126).  The bill has 16 original cosponsors, including the Task Force's other three chairs and ten of its members.  The bill amends section 117 of the Clean Water Act and reauthorizes the Chesapeake Bay Program for five years.  The bill focuses on increasing support to local governments in the region, requiring more accountability by federal and state agencies, and expanding the Small Watershed Grants program to $10 million.  Contact:  Peter Marx at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4008).

Royalty-In-Kind Natural Gas Discount Heating Pilot Program

The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition is requesting signatures for a letter to Interior Secretary Gayle Norton expressing support for her to act on a provision in the National Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorizing the Department of Interior to provide royalty natural gas to low-income consumers at a reduced price.  The signature deadline is Wednesday, November 2.  Contact:  Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202) 224-0606.

Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Officials from the International Joint Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, November 3, will brief the Great Lakes Task Force on efforts to review the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.   The pact between Canada and the U.S. expresses the commitment of each country to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.  It was signed in 1972 and was last revised in 1987.  The agreement requires the parties to review the pact every six years for possible revisions.  The November 3 briefing will begin at 11:00 am in room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.  Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

Great Lakes Collaboration


The Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter among House and Senate members to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Council on Environmental Quality regarding the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force (IATF) draft report.  The letter thanks the administration for its work on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) process so far and urges the administration to continue this partnership and consider additional contributions to restoration.  The signature deadline is Nov. 3. Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).


Job Opening -- Research Assistant (Ecosystem Team)

The Northeast-Midwest Institute seeks qualified individuals to apply for a research assistant position within the Institute's Ecosystem Team. The successful candidate will undertake a number of tasks in support of the Institute's efforts to improve federal policy and technology aimed at reducing the introduction of nonindigenous invasive species.  Click here to read a job description.

Brownfield Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted guidelines for fiscal 2006 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants at www.epa.gov/brownfields.  The proposal deadline is December 14, 2005.  These grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum).

Combined Federal Campaign

The Northeast-Midwest Institute – a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, financed by contributions from foundations, state governments, federal grants, and individuals – has been approved to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the nation’s largest workplace giving campaign.  If you are a federal government employee and would like to help support Institute's programs dedicated to issues affecting the Northeast-Midwest region, please enter CFC code #0851 on your pledge card during the annual fund drive. Thank you.

From Edison to Enron – New Book

Praeger Publishers has released From Edison to Enron, a new book by the Institute’s Richard Munson that highlights the business of power and what it means for the future of electricity.  “This splendid book,” said one reviewer, “is as readable as it is rigorous in its fascinating journey through the creation and the evolution of the electricity enterprise in the 20th century.  What sets Munson’s work apart is his probing exploration of the powerful and diverse personalities who collectively shaped what has become the world’s largest and most complex machine.”  Click here to read more reviews or to purchase a copy.


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