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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 19 November 2001



H E A D L I N E S
 
*  State Brownfield Activities
*  Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Strategy
*  Open Spaces Legislation
*  Great Lakes Basin Authorization
 

STATE BROWNFIELD ACTIVITIES
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is releasing an updated review of
brownfield initiatives and program impacts in the 50 states.  The
Brownfield "State of the State" 2001 Report presents information on
the number of brownfield sites in state programs, innovative
financing, regulatory incentives, liability provisions, and
institutional controls.  Economic benefits resulting from
redevelopment -- such as new businesses, new jobs, and tax revenues --
are also included. This report provides a common ground for analysis
and comparison, while demonstrating the remarkable success many states
have already achieved.
 
     To be released on Tuesday, November 20, the updated report will
be available at http://www.nemw.org/brown_stateof.pdf.
 
     CONTACTS:  Charles Bartsch and Rachel Deane at the Northeast-
Midwest Institute (544-5200).
 

GREAT LAKES PROTECTION AND RESTORATION STRATEGY
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     Great Lakes Task Force co-chairs -- Senators Carl Levin (D-MI)
and Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Reps. Steven LaTourette (R-OH), James
Oberstar (D-MN), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), and John Dingell (D-MI) -- are
circulating a letter that asks the U.S. General Accounting Office
(GAO) to review existing Great Lakes programs, as well as analyze how
best to meet the region's future needs.  Although Congress has
authorized several programs over the years to protect and restore the
Great Lakes environment, there is concern that the piecemeal approach
may result in gaps and duplications in the effort to minimize
contamination and other environmental threats.  A GAO review, the co-
chairs argue, will provide important data for a regional protection
and restoration strategy.
 
     CONTACT:  Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).
 

OPEN SPACES LEGISLATION
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     Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of
the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, recently introduced the
Suburban and Community Forestry and
Open Space Initiative Act (S. 1633).  The bill would provide
assistance to states and nonprofit organizations to preserve suburban
open space and contain suburban sprawl.
 
     To cosponsor the legislation, contact Dan Demeritt at 224-2972.
 

GREAT LAKES BASIN AUTHORIZATION
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     In response to requests from the Great Lakes Task Force, the Farm
Bill marked up last week by the Senate Agriculture Committee includes
authorization of a Great Lakes Basin Program.  That federal/state
partnership is designed to improve water quality by controlling the
millions of tons of topsoil that erode into the Great Lakes and its
tributaries every year.
 
     CONTACT:  Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).