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Great Lakes Legislation News Updates

Posted 09/111/2002
From: Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition

H E A D L I N E S

* Legislation: Contaminated Sediments
* Legislation: Mercury Reduction
* Briefing: Great Lakes Water Quality
* Briefings: Manufacturing
* Hearing: Gasoline Contamination
* Letter: LIHEAP Funding
* Appropriation Updates
* Upcoming Briefings

 

LEGISLATION: CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS
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The House last week approved legislation (H.R. 1070) authorizing $250 million over five years for the cleanup of contaminated sites in the Great Lakes region. Introduced by Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), the legislation focuses on sediment in the regionís rivers, harbors, and bays that suffer from heavy industrial pollution. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced companion legislation (S. 2544) in the Senate.

Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).

LEGISLATION: MERCURY REDUCTION
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The Senate last week approved legislation (S. 351) that would reduce the harmful impacts of mercury in the environment. The bill, introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chair of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, would limit the use of mercury-based thermometers and improve the collection and disposal of mercury products.

BRIEFING: GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITY
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The International Joint Commission on Thursday, September 12, will brief congressional staff on the details of its Eleventh Biennial Great Lakes Water Quality Report. The briefing begins at 8:30 am in room 188 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).

BRIEFINGS: MANUFACTURING
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The Manufacturing Task Forces, along with the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions, will sponsor a series of briefings throughout the fall on manufacturing. The first session, "Manufacturing Matters!" will feature presentations by representatives of the National Association of Manufacturers, AFL-CIO, and U.S. Business and Industrial Council. It will begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 17, in room 2253 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Contact: Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).

HEARING: GASOLINE CONTAMINATION
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The House Financial Services Committee on Thursday, September 12, will hold a hearing on the petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks. Charles Bartsch, senior policy analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute and co-author of Recycling Americaís Gas Stations, will testify.

The September 12 hearing will begin at 10:00 am in 2128 Rayburn House Office Building.

LETTER: LIHEAP FUNDING
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Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are circulating a letter asking President Bush to release the remaining $200 million in fiscal 2002 LIHEAP contingency funds. The Northeast-Midwest House Coalition is circulating a similar letter. Senate offices interested in signing should contact Kris Sarri (224-0606) by September 20, while House office should contact Olwen Huxley (226-9497).

APPROPRIATION UPDATES
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Funding levels from the House and Senate for key regional programs can be found at www.nemw.org/appropstable.htm.

UPCOMING BRIEFINGS
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* Renewable Energy and Emissions Market -- September 19. Begins at 1:00 pm in 311 Cannon.

* Winter Fuels Outlook -- September 18. Begins in the Senate at 8:30 am in 412 Russell; in the House at 2:00 pm in 2456 Rayburn.

 

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