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U.S. research activities in Antarctica
Table of Contents
I. Some reasons to perform scientific research in the Antarctic
II. Season project highlights, 2008-2009
III. Construction highlights, 2008-2009
IV. Environmental protection; waste management
V. Personnel, Stations, and Camps
VI. Support Operations, 2008-2009
VII. United States Antarctic Policy and Achievements
VIII. National Science Foundation
XI. U.S. Antarctic Program aircraft and supply ship operations, 2008-2009season
U.S. Antarctic Program research projects list, 2008-2009
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OPP 10-001 December 2009
Environmental protection; waste management

  1. Cradle-to-grave management of supply/waste stream

  2. Source-point sorting and removal of all solid and hazardous waste from Antarctica, of which approximately 65 percent is recycled

  3. Environmental monitoring and research

  4. Comprehensive spill prevention and cleanup program (e.g., fuel lines and hoses, double-walled or bermed fuel tanks, cleanup training and equipment)

  5. Permitting system in place for all scientific and other activities involving Antarctic fauna and flora

  6. Educational and enforcement procedures for waste management and environmental protection

  7. Sewage treatment plant at McMurdo, fully operational as of January 2003

  8. Improvement of management plans for Specially Protected Areas, in cooperation with other Antarctic Treaty nations

  9. Established area management and environmental protection plans for Antarctic Specially Managed Areas (ASMA):

    1. McMurdo Dry Valleys, Southern Victoria Land, ASMA No. 2 (2004): management plan written and submitted to the Antarctic Treaty by the United States and New Zealand
    2. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, ASMA No. 5 (2006): management plan written and submitted to the Antarctic Treaty by the United States
    3. Southwest Anvers Island and Palmer Basin, ASMA No. 7 (2008): management plan written and submitted to the Antarctic Treaty by the United States

  10. In compliance with all applicable treaties and U.S. laws.1


End Notes
1 The Antarctic Conservation Act, Public Law 95-541, authorizes U.S. regulations for compliance. See http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/antarct/aca/aca.jsp


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