U.S. Antarctic Environmental Documents List
Environmental Impact Assessments
Activities planned by the U.S. Antarctic Program in science support, construction, operations, logistics, and facilities maintenance are subjected to environmental analysis specific to the proposed action or are governed by a program-wide environmental impact statement issued in 1980 and revised in 1991.
Every scientist proposing research in Antarctica must consider the environmental impact of the proposed project. NSF carefully reviews these proposals and does not give approval unless the projects (sometimes modified for this purpose) comply with antarctic environmental standards.
Below are lists of environmental impact assessments, called Initial Environmental Evaluations (IEEs), of major U.S. projects.
Note: In 2013, the reporting year for the Antarctic Treaty was changed to April 1 through March 31.
Part of the U.S. obligation to the Antarctic Treaty involves a free exchange of information with other Treaty parties regarding plans and activities. This information, and the plans and activities of other nations, can be found in the Electronic Information Exchange System (EIES) that is hosted by the Treaty Secretariat.