AST Facilities - Environmental Reviews

May 26, 2021

As a federal agency, NSF is required to comply with applicable federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Endangered Species Act, and to comply with regulations for implementing these statutes. NSF considers the impacts of its proposed funding activities on the environment as a part of its decision-making process. See the below links for ongoing and past environmental reviews conducted by NSF’s Division of Astronomical Sciences.


Ongoing Reviews:

Arecibo Observatory 305-M Telescope Collapse – Environmental Cleanup and Historic Preservation

Past Reviews:

Arecibo Observatory Proposed Changes to Operations (2017)

Sacramento Peak Observatory Proposed Changes to Operations (2019)

Green Bank Observatory Proposed Changes to Operations (2019)

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