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Office of Polar Programs; Comprehensive Environmental Evaluations for Antarctic Activities

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AGENCY:

National Science Foundation (NSF).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

National Science Foundation gives notice of the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement/Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation (FEIS/FCEE) for activities proposed to be undertaken in Antarctica.

DATES:

The waiting period ends January 18, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

Dr. Polly A. Penhale, Office of Polar Programs, Room 755, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230, ppenhale@nsf.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr. Polly A. Penhale, Environmental Officer, Office of Polar Programs, (703) 292-8033, ppenhale@nsf.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Article 3 of Annex I to the Protocol on Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty requires the preparation of an EIS/CEE for any proposed Antarctic activity likely to have more than a minor or transitory impact. The Draft EIS/CEE for Project IceCube was made publicly available and comments were accepted during a 90-day comment period, as specified in 45 CFR 641.18(c). The Final EIS/CEE containing comments received on the Draft EIS/CEE and responses to these comments, is now publicly available and has been circulated to all Parties to the Protocol and parties that commented on the Draft EIS/CEE. This notice is published pursuant to 16 U.S.C. 2403a.

The National Science Foundation has submitted this Final EIS/CEE, for the operation of a high-energy neutrino telescope (Project IceCube) at the South Pole. The document is available on the Internet at http://www.nsf.gov/​od/​opp/​antarct/​treaty/​cees/​icecube/​icecube_​final_​cee.pdf.

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Nadene G. Kennedy,

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